Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a the Great Seal of the United States and Great Seal Coloring Page. It is a principal symbol of our country.
Now students can have some help in learning how to draw the Great Seal of the United States, which symbolizes independence and self-government of our country. At first glance, the design can look pretty complex, but it’s really just made from a handful of things that students are probably already familiar with. If students take them all in a logical and symmetrical order, they can end up with a drawing they are sure to be proud of!
Here are a few facts about the Great Seal:
- The Great Seal is used as our national coat of arms.
- The Great Seal is used officially as decoration on military uniform buttons, on plaques, and above the entrances to U.S. embassies and consulates.
- Both the seal and the reverse, which is never used as a seal, appear on the one-dollar bill.
- The Secretary of State is the official custodian of the Great Seal.
- Thirteen is an important number used in the Great Seal. It represents the original colonies and first 13 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.
- There are also 13 stars in the crest above the eagle; 13 stripes in the shield; 13 arrows in the eagle’s left claw; 13 olives and leaves in the eagle’s right claw; and 13 letters in the motto E Pluribus Unum.
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Great Seal of the United States Coloring Page
Materials to Draw the Great Seal
- Drawing Paper. This is the good stuff you can buy in bulk for a good price.
- 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 for a Great Seal Drawing
Time needed: 1 hour.
Step by Step directions to draw the US Great Seal
- Draw a shield. The official design has 13 stripes, just try to draw as many as you can.
- Draw the top of an eagle head.
- Add wings on the sides. Try to make them symmetrical.
- Draw the tail and two legs with claws.
- Add arrows in the right foot. The official seal has 13, but 3 will be fine here.
- Draw an olive branch on the left. The official seal has 13 leaves.
- Add a circle above with stars inside. The official seal has 13 stars, just draw as many as you can.
- Finish with a ribbon that says “E PLURIBUS” and “UNUM”.
- Trace with a marker and color as shown.