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How to Draw a Tree

Here’s how to draw a tree in nine easy steps. Learning how to draw branches that split off in many directions will make your trees will look much more life like.

Make sure the branches are all skinnier than the trunk, and then have pointy ends. For some reasons, the students I had tended to draw trees that looked more like planks with blunt ends.

All I know is if a few principles are kept in mind, anyone can draw a tree that looks real. Whether they are sitting in front of one or not.

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  1. PDF Tree Tutorial (see above)
  2. Drawing paper
  3. Black marker
  4. Crayons


  1. Prep: Print tutorial for each student.
  2. Draw guide lines on paper or fold in half to make creases.
  3. Students follow the tutorial to draw the tree in pencil.
  4. The tree is traced with a black marker.
  5. The tree is colored carefully with crayons.

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