Many children learn how to draw a house one way and then repeat that same shape. Here are a few other ideas.
Drawing buildings calls for a more organized kind of thinking. Lines need to be neat and orderly, if one wants to draw something that looks like it is standing straight and tall.
Houses are a great place to start, as everyone is familiar with how they often look. The only catch is that many students kind of get in a rut of always drawing them the same way. To encourage an interest in architecture, it’s nice to give students some inspiration for different possibilities. Keep scrolling down for a few more options besides just this one.
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- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a House
- Draw a door and a frame in the center.
- Add stairs below.
- Draw a symmetrical frame around it.
- Add an extension to the left.
- Draw the roof edge and chimney.
- Add a center window and lamps by the door.
- Draw two more similar windows.
- Finish with side trees and horizon line.
- Trace with a marker and color.