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Easy How to Draw a Graduation Cap Tutorial

It might be handy to know how to draw a Graduation Cap this time of year. Not sure if you’d like to draw one that is tilted up or down? No worries, this lesson covers both.

How to Draw a Graduation Cap
Drawing of a Graduation Cap

The graduation hat has changed a lot over the years but is believed to have developed from a type of hat worn many centuries ago by Roman Catholic clergy. Today in the US, the cap is a familiar symbol of graduation. The tassel usually hangs on one side until students receive their diploma. Then it’s flipped to the other to show they are finished with that stage of their education.

This tutorial features two versions of the graduation cap. The different points of view, one looking up and one looking down, show just how much dimension can be implied by drawing these two simple overlapping shapes. Students that would like an even more realistic look could add shadows to the sides and underneath what is called the mortarboard.

Who needs to buy fancy graduation cards from the store when it’s this easy to draw one of your own?

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How to Draw a Graduation Cap

Graduation Cap Coloring Pages

Materials for a Graduation Cap Drawing

  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
  • 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.

Directions to Draw a Graduation Cap Step by Step

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Graduation Cap

  1. . Draw a symmetrical cap shape.

  2. . Draw a symmetrical cap shape.

  3. Add an edge to the mortarboard.

  4. Draw a tassel on one side.

  5. Draw a diamond mortarboard.

  6. Add an edge to the mortarboard.

  7. Draw a symmetrical cap shape below.

  8. Draw a tassel on one side.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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