Learn how to draw a flamingo with a step by step tutorial. It will help you get that famously curvy neck just right.
Here are a few fun facts about flamingos, as found on EasyScienceforKids.com.
- Flamingos have a funny way of eating. They place their bills upside down in the water and suck water into their mouths.
- Flamingos prefer to stand on one foot.
- Flamingos may look big, but they weigh only 5 to 6 pounds.
- Flamingos can live 30 to 50 years.
These amazing birds certainly have a look that is all their own. Many students may already be familiar with their curvy neck, long legs and pink feathers, but might need a little help in seeing how all those shapes go together. I recommend starting with the basic oval body first, then the round head, and then connecting the two with a graceful neck. It’s good to make sure those main elements are in place before the beak and legs are added.
Teachers looking for principles to tie in to projects could certainly use this flamingo for a conversation about BALANCE, one of the Principles of Design. After all, a pleasant flamingo drawing depends on showing one that looks like he or she is effortlessly balanced on their legs, and are not about to topple over.
- How to Draw a Flamingo (click to download a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Flamingo
- Draw a large oval for the belly.
- Add a circle above for the head.
- Draw the neck and tail feathers.
- Erase the gray lines and add the wing and beak.
- Erase the gray line and add beak details.
- Draw a large eye.
- Add one long leg.
- Draw another leg and add a background.
- Trace with a marker and color.