Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial video for how to draw a Valentine Bear and a Valentine Bear Coloring Page. There’s nothing like a hand drawn Valentine card!
Valentine Bear Drawing
Valentine Bear Tutorial Video
Learning how to draw overlapping shapes is one of the first ways students learn about depth. An easy example can be found with this How to Draw a Valentine Teddy Bear tutorial. Students first draw the object in front, (the heart) and then what is behind (the bear). The overlapping shapes create the look of the bear holding the heart, instead of just leaning up behind it.
Children that are just learning how to draw do their best work when they have what I call anchor points to refer to. For instance, asking them to “place their pencil in the center of a sheet of paper and draw up and back to the center for half of a heart” is so much clearer than just asking them to “draw half a heart”. That’s why I recommend folding paper before drawing to first get a horizontal and vertical guide in place. They help take all the guesswork out of getting that large heart centered on the sheet of paper. Once the heart is in place, drawing the rest of this simple teddy is a piece of cake.
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Valentine Bear Coloring Page
Materials for Valentine Bear Project
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- Watercolor Paper.
- Real watercolor paper always makes the watercolor paint much more vibrant.
- The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Crayola Crayons.
- This classic brand always works well.
- Rounded Watercolor Brush.
- A good paint brush can make all the difference in the world. Who can paint small details with one of those big floppy brushes? This style with a sturdy rounded tip were my hands down favorite.
- Liquid Watercolor Paint.
- These paints are so easy to work with, leave such bright colors and last for a long, long time. Well worth the investment.
- Non-Spill Paint Cup.
- Train your students to leave the matching brush in each cup after they use it, and you have an easy system with very little cleanup.
Step by Step Directions for Valentine Bear Project
Time needed: 1 hour
How to draw a Teddy
- Make guidelines. Draw half a heart.
- Finish the heart.
- Draw a head above the heart.
- Add eyes, nose and mouth.
- Draw two ears.
- Add two medium paws and two larger feet.
- Add spots to the feet.
- Write a message in the heart.
- Trace with a marker and paint or color.
Draw a Valentine Bear with a Heart
One of the best reasons to learn how to draw, aside from all the learning skills they offer, is the chance to make a little work of art for someone special on a special day. One of those days comes up next month, and when students learn how to draw a Valentine Bear, they have all kinds of options of how to make a beautiful handmade Valentine card.
This bear is so simple to draw, not to mention the paws and heart, that it makes it a very doable drawing for even very young artists. They hardest part will be deciding how to finish it off — paints, crayons, markers?
If the drawing looks a little taller than my other letter size projects, it’s because it is proportioned to fit well on a folded 9″ x 12″ sheet of paper. This obviously makes a pretty card, and the smaller art is easier to finish in one class session too.