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How to Draw a Bald Eagle

Learn how to draw a Bald Eagle with this easy step by step tutorial. With just a few distinctive lines, you know exactly who he is.

How to Draw a Bald Eagle
Finished drawing of a Bald Eagle
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Preview of the step by step Bald Eagle PDF tutorial

For a classroom-tested drawing project that relates to studies about American symbols, you can’t get much better than this bald eagle tutorial. I used it many times while teaching in the classroom, and the simple steps worked for students even as young as kindergarten.

This tutorial uses lots of basic shapes, and just a few that overlap each other. The head is in front of the shoulders, and the feet in front of the branch. Young artists need practice with these concepts before they go on to other ones.

Older students could go on to add a little more shadow, like ones that are hinted at in the sample drawing. Simply pressing harder on one side with the brown crayon, or adding a touch of gray to the head, will make the bird instantly look more round. Shadows are great that way, and testing them out on simple shapes is a smart way to start.

Bald Eagle Coloring Page


  • How to Draw a Bald Eagle (see above for a PDF)
  • Drawing paper
  • Black marker
  • Crayons


Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Bald Eagle

  1. Draw a branch

  2. Start the body.

  3. Draw the top of the head.

  4. Draw the bottom feathers.

  5. Add the beak.

  6. Finish the face, add wing lines.

  7. Finish the beak. Draw two claws.

  8. Erase inside of feet. Add a tail.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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