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Draw a Hot Air Balloon

When you learn how to draw a hot air balloon, you find out how easy it is to make a flat shape look dimensional, just by adding some curved lines. 

Students can practice getting their balloon skills down with this project, and then go on to make a collection like the one below.

Either way, the beginning shape needs to be a pretty accurate circle. For that reason, I highly recommend finding something to trace to get started. Perfect circles are not easy for even most adults to draw, so getting a little help with that step will give them more time to concentrate on those curvy balloon lines. The more symmetrical they are, the more impressive the balloon will look.

MATERIALS

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DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 1 hour.

Draw an Easy Hot Air Balloon

  1. Make guidelines. Draw a circle. Tracing something will help.

  2. Add the bottom of the balloon.

  3. Erase the line. Add a basket.

  4. Add straight lines to connect the two.

  5. Draw the curved balloon lines.

  6. Add lines to the basket.

  7. Draw curved lines on the balloon.

  8. Finish with clouds in the sky.

  9. Trace and color with crayons.


Draw a Hot Air Balloon Landscape

Hot air balloon rides have a kind of timeless appeal, so it’s no wonder so many people have drawn and painted them over the years.

I love how they show the power of LINES in making something look dimensional, and in this case create a sense of SPACE by having a couple more drifting off in the background. Both of those features are part of the seven Elements of Art, so students can see how they work when they make a drawing like this.

MATERIALS

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DIRECTIONS

  1. PREP: Draw or print grid lines on paper.
  2. Draw the balloon according to the tutorial. Try to make light lines that may be easily erased when you are done.
  3. Trace the drawing with the Sharpie marker.
  4. Color the drawing with crayons, markers or colored pencils. There are lots of tiny details in this picture so choose something that lets you easily color small shapes.

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