Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial video for how to draw Martin Luther King Jr. and a Martin Luther King Jr. Coloring Page. Both will help your students celebrate the life of this amazing man.
Martin Luther King Jr. Tutorial Video
This how to draw Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tutorial is designed to be simple enough for younger elementary students, but still keep the interest of the older ones too. The shapes are easy to draw, and those that want an extra challenge can always add some extra shadows to his face.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was a Baptist minister and social rights activist in the United States in the 1950s and ’60s. As a leader of the American civil rights movement, he organized a number of peaceful protests as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, including the March on Washington in 1963.
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- Pencils. Don’t waste your money on the cheapest brand. These make nice dark lines.
- Black Marker. A permanent marker will give you a nice dark black color.
- Crayons. I like this non-toxic brand that is made from beeswax, not petroleum by-products.
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Step by Step Directions
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw Martin Luther King
- Make guidelines. Draw an oval.
- Add the neck and the shoulders.
- Draw two eyes.
- Add nose, mouth and ears.
- Add hairline over the top of his head.
- Lower the front hairline a bit, add moustache.
- Erase head line, and draw a collar.
- Add a tie and jacket. Write name at the top.
- Trace with a marker and color with crayons.