How to Draw a House

house copyI had great success with this project for kinders recently. Several even came back later saying they went home to draw more houses. Love it when that happens.
1. I printed out 1/4″ graph paper on 17″ x 11″ paper to help the students draw straight lines. Using just plain white paper would probably be fine though too. Start by showing the students how to draw a straight horizontal line for the ground. A basic house shape is added above it, sitting a bit to the left of the paper.
2. Show the students how to draw two horizontal lines for the edges of the roof. If possible, ask them to make them approximately the same length.
3. Starting at the top line, the two ends of the roof need to be connected and then a straight vertical line goes down.
4. Now the details of door, windows and sun may be added. All the lines are traced with a thin black marker, and then shapes are colored in. Encourage them to include the background so the image has lots of color.

5 Responses

  1. Anonymous
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    Thanks for all of your amazing ideas! I have used many of them to jump start my first year as an elementary art specialist. I used this one and changed it up a bit to make Folk Art Barns! Fun! Thanks again!

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  3. Sam Ricks
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    Just ran across your site today while putting together an art demonstration for my mother-in-law’s third grade class. This site is golden! Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

  4. megha
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  5. Kez
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    Thank you so much for these – I’m not much of an artist (major understatement!) so to have steps to follow is good for me to show my son how to draw things.

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