Learn how to draw elf legs like these and you will be guaranteed a drawing that fills the paper. It’s also good symmetrical drawing practice.
When I first tried this project, some students (even 4th and 5th grade) would get stuck in drawing the second symmetrical shoe. I believe it’s because of all the curves, which are in general hard shapes for kids to draw, let alone trying to match a flipped version.
My tutorial takes aim to address that issue by having students break those funky shoes into smaller, symmetrical steps. Instead of drawing one whole shoe and then trying to match all of it, I suggest that they draw matching tops, then matching heels, then matching toes. It’s much easier to get your head around the shapes that way.
If younger students want to try this (say grade 2 and below) my solution is to include a shoe template (page 2 of the download) so teachers can turn this into a tracing and flipping project. It still illustrates the idea of symmetry and lets
- How to Draw Elf Legs Tutorial (click to open PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Card stock paper (for printing template)
- Scissors (if using template)
- Stabilo Power Wallet Markers*
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Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw Elf Legs
- Start shoes with two V shapes.
- Draw the symmetrical heels.
- Add show tops and bottoms.
- Finish with ball or bell shape.
- Draw bottom of elf shirt.
- Connect to shoes with legs.
- Add leg stripes and snow line.
- Trace and color with marker.
- Add extra color to make shadows.