Learn how to draw a Cornucopia with this easy step by step tutorial. It makes for a lovely still life drawing with lots of fall colors.
A cornucopia is a symbol of plenty consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and more. And as the season of thanks draws closer, it is a nice to time be thankful for what we have, especially if it is more than what we need.
That being said, a cornucopia has lots of little elements to it, and the best way to approach drawing one is with layers. Students first draw what I call the basket in the back, then the largest pumpkin, then medium and so on. For that reason, remind your students before and during to draw LIGHTLY. It kind of goes against their nature at a young age, but with practice, can be done. All the required layers in this drawing mean that lots of inside lines will need to be erased. Light ones will be about a thousand times easier to remove than dark ones.
Preview of the Cornucopia PDF tutorial
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Time needed: 35 minutes.
How to Draw a Cornucopia
- Draw an oval ring. Add a cone to the side.
- Draw rings inside the cone as shown.
- Start the first pumpkin. Erase inside.
- Add a stem and curved lines.
- Draw a small pumpkin in front. Erase lines.
- Add a sunflower to the side.
- Draw another pumpkin and an apple.
- Draw small items and add curves in ring.
- Trace with marker and color.