How to Make a Simple Train Drawing

Most simple train drawing tutorials for kids focus on the old-fashioned version, for some reason. There are a lot of modern options though too. The newer and sleeker trains are a lot of fun to draw, and still start with simple shapes. You could get inspired by the familiar Amtrak cars, or even the high-speed trains that are found in … Read More

Draw a Cruise Ship

Here’s a simple way to draw and paint a cruise ship. The bottom ocean got an extra coat of blue so that it would stand out from the sky. MATERIALS PDF Cruise Ship Tutorial Watercolor paper Black permanent marker Liquid Watercolor paint DIRECTIONS Follow the six drawing steps as shown, adding as much detail as desired. Trace all the lines … Read More

How to Draw eBook

Looking for a few How to Draw tutorials for your young artists? How about 200 of them? All in one ebook? Years of making tutorials for my after school classes has helped me discover what works best for those just beginning to draw. This giant ebook contains 200 projects that start with simple shapes students can most easily see, so … Read More

How to Draw an Airplane

You can learn how to draw an airplane with this easy step by step tutorial. It has just a bit of perspective so students can begin to see how things get smaller when they are further away. Simple details like curving the front window will make the body of the airplane look more round. For more easy drawing tutorials like … Read More

Draw a Cute and Easy Car

  Let’s face it, Volkswagen Beetle cars are cute. Here’s a car drawing step by step tutorial that you can download for easy use in the classroom or at home. Note: Another reader just emailed me about how useful the guidelines (those dashed lines in my tutorial) have been for her students. They really help students place their lines more … Read More

How to Draw a Viking Ship

  Studying the Netherlands? I made a How to Draw a Viking ship tutorial, complete with its trademark curves and striped sail.   Maya is in 3rd grade and drew this cool Viking ship with Crayola markers. MATERIALS Download PDF Viking Ship Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons   DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on … Read More

Draw a Hot Air Balloon

When looking for simple things to draw, try a hot air balloon. Find how easy it is to make a flat circle look like a ball, just by adding some lines.  • View and Download Hot Air Balloon Tutorial MATERIALS • Print of Hot Air Balloon Tutorial • Drawing paper • Black Sharpie • Oil pastel or crayons DIRECTIONS PREP: … Read More

Fall Pickup Truck

I wanted to do something different with my last watercolor class, but still keep it with the fall season, so here is how to draw a truck full of pumpkins.   • View and download Pickup Truck Tutorial MATERIALS Print of Pickup Tutorial for each student Watercolor paper Sharpie marker Crayons Liquid watercolor paint   DIRECTIONS PREP: Draw or print … Read More

Draw a Cement Truck

Studying transportation? A cement truck is made of some pretty simple shapes that are not hard to draw, if you break them down into steps. MATERIALS Cement Mixing Truck PDF Tutorial Drawing paper Black marker Crayons DIRECTIONS Prep: Print tutorial for each student. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases. Students follow the tutorial to … Read More

Draw a Rocket

Here’s a rocket drawing easy enough for even first graders and up to try out. And since everyone needs a window so you can draw yourself inside, right? If you are ready for an extra challenge, try shading the background from black to purple or blue. Sometimes even ordinary supplies, like crayons, can produce some pretty unordinary results. For many … Read More

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