To learn how to draw a kimono that has lots of room for pretty patterns, just start with a large T shape. Add the sides and bands for color and you’re done.
I’ve used this approach for both large oil pastel drawings and tempera paintings, even watercolor on transparent paper. It’s a good lesson in symmetry, and a great way to make a large flat area ready to decorate with patterns.
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- Make a own template by folding the newsprint in half, and cutting half of a block “T” shape.
- Trace the template onto the 12″ x 18″ paper. The sides of the kimono are added next, and then a ribbon edging.
- The kimono is traced with a marker.
- Make a design on their kimono in pencil.
- Use oil pastels or other media to color in the designs. Students may also to cut out their kimono and mount to another paper if their paper gets too smudgy.