Once you learn how to draw a shark with this step by step tutorial, add some realism with a little watercolor paint. See below for some painting tips.
If you paint his top a shadowy black, and then the sides a watery gray, you end up with a very dimensional, and striking, shark painting. Make sure you have a good small brush and use just a little water to keep those puddles from happening.
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Time needed: 1 hour.
Draw a Shark
- Start drawing the shark body.
- Add the shark belly.
- Draw the tail.
- Add two dorsal fins.
- Add two pectoral fins.
- Add the gills, eye and nose.
- Trace the drawing with black crayon. Paint the top black.
- Add a tint with very watery black paint.
- Use a white crayon to draw waves and paint the water blue.
Paint a Shark Head
This great idea for a shark drawing comes from Dream Big Kinders, and I knew that my first graders would love it.
Instead of a collage though, turn the shark into a painting project to learn how to mix gray. It works great for tinting and shading for older students. Try adding a little more black to one side so the shark has a shadow.
- Multimedia paper
- Black Sharpie marker, chisel tip
- Tempera paint, white and black
- Paint brushes
- Fold and crease their paper in half both ways to help draw a symmetrical image.
- Draw the shark mouth, centered on the middle fold.
- Draw the eyes above the mouth.
- Draw the outer shape of the shark.
- Add details, such as the teeth and nose lines.
- Trace the shark drawing with a thick black marker. The inside of the mouth is colored in with the marker.
- Mix gray paint (black + white) to paint the shark body.
Shark Drawing with Crayons
Here’s my favorite way to make a simple shark drawing, and modify it for different grade levels. Younger students learn about symmetry, older can add a shadow.
This is an example of how I learned to modify a lesson to work with different grade levels throughout a week of classes. It’s the best solution I found after years of trying to constantly do different projects for EVERY grade. That’s a lot of draining work. This keeps thing simple and allows you time to make one really GOOD descriptive step-by-step display for your classroom. Students can visually absorb the information, and they are encouraged to answer their own questions with it accordingly.
- Cardboard for template
- Drawing paper, 9″ x 12″
- Black marker, I like Staples Chisel Tip
PREP: Cut a half head template for each student out of cardboard.
- Fold the paper in half and place the template on the fold (note symmetry lesson) and trace with a pencil. Open the paper, flop the template, and trace again (note again that symmetrical shapes have a line of reflection). Draw the mouth by making two symmetrical “frowns”. Add the rest of the details, such as teeth, eyes, nose and water setting.
- Trace the drawing with a thick black marker.
- Color the shark with crayons. Older students (2nd and up) make add a shadow by changing the VALUE of their shark drawing.
Draw a Cartoon Shark
This shark head drawing tutorial has all the angry biting motion that seems to thrill a lot of young students. The slight cartoonish feel though still keeps it on the fun side.
- Draw a Shark Head PDF Tutorial
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Prep: Print tutorial for each student.
- Draw guide lines on paper or fold to make creases.
- Students follow the tutorial to draw the shark in pencil.
- The shark is traced with a black marker.
- The shark is colored carefully with crayons.