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How to Draw a Robot

Here are three fun and easy ideas for how to draw a robot. All those simple shapes are great for beginner artists.

Drawing of a Robot

There are many, many different ways to draw a robot, and lots of children’s books written about them. In fact, if you need to pick a project that starts with a story, a robot theme is a good place to start.

What makes them so perfect for early elementary students, is their tendency to be based on very geometric shapes. A square head, rectangular body, and half circle hands are all familiar shapes and good ones to practice when in kinder or first grade or so. They make for a good solid start of a drawing, and are easy to decorate. You can even add in a little body proportion talk if you want, as in the arms need to be long enough to touch the legs, and so on.

That’s not to say that older students can’t get in on the fun though too. They can use their imagination to draw robots with a lot more detail, and perhaps give some more thought about how they actually works. A very detailed robot with perhaps a bit of shading in a few corners can make an amazing drawing!

Preview of the step by step Robot tutorial
Robot Coloring Page



Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Robot

  1. Draw a rectangle body.

  2. Add a rectangle head and neck lines.

  3. Draw two matching legs and feet.

  4. Draw two curved arms with hands.

  5. Add details to the head and neck.

  6. Add lines to the arms.

  7. Draw details on the body.

  8. Add lines to the legs.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

Another Robot Drawing

Another Robot Drawing
Preview of the step by step Robot drawing tutorial


How to Paint a Robot

Here’s a fun way to paint a shiny silver robot on a dull black background. The contrast makes him really pop off the page.

Painting of a Robot

Metallic tempera paint is one of the most inexpensive ways I know to add some bling to your student’s art. And what better subject matter than something metallic and fun like a robot?

This tutorial is pretty simple so students can get to their painting right away. They basically make a permanent marker drawing on a multimedia paper, and paint it with metallic silver paint, which is pretty transparent. The background is black watercolor paint, which has a very matte finish. The contrast of the dull and shiny will really make the robot really stand out.


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