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Draw 3D Buildings

This 3D drawing step by step tutorial is an excellent example of how to turn flat shapes into dimensional forms (as in squares into cubes).

3d drawing step by step

3d drawing step by step

Once students learn how to draw these dimensional shapes, they can then create their own fun and creative cityscape.

TIP: You could work with just blank white paper, but starting with a light grid is so helpful in helping to create nice neat lines. The tutorial download below includes a page with a grid template so you can try it out and print your own.


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  1. PREP: Print “3D Building PDF Tutorial”, including the tutorial and graph paper for each student. A full size sample is included for classroom display. To make a large tabloid sheets like the one used in my sample, try taping two letter pages together.
  2. Draw the 3D buildings as shown on my tutorial.
  3. Trace the drawing with a black Sharpie.
  4. Cover the buildings with crayons, using more pressure on the sides to create a look of a shadow.

  1. momteach310

    I did this with my 2nd graders after we finished studying plane and 3d figures. They loved it and they came out great! Thanks

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