Learn how to draw an acorn with this easy step by step tutorial. The texture is perfect for some simple pencil sketching practice.
Drawing doesn’t get more basic than just making a good old pencil drawing. No markers to add boldness, no colors to add interest. No, it’s all about capturing the shape of something, and then adding a hint of texture or shadows to imply something is either bumpy or smooth.
If you’d like your students to get more pencil drawing practice, then a simple acorn is a great vehicle for many reasons.
- It’s simple. Students know what one looks like without it being in front of them.
- The cap has a kind of pattern to it that is easy to replicate.
- It has just two basic textures, bumpy and smooth, which makes for great contrast.
In the end, the goal is for students to learn how to draw with three values: the medium gray they begin with, then the dark gray accents, and the places that are left just white. That’s plenty to focus on when you are just getting started.
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Acorn Coloring Page
Materials for How to Draw an Acorn
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- 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.
Step by Step Directions for How to Draw an Acorn
Time needed: 35 minutes.
How to Draw an Acorn
- Draw a large U shape.
- Add the acorn cap.
- Draw the stem and bottom nub.
- Draw large V shapes across the top.
- Continue with similar V shapes.
- Finish with the smallest V shapes. Erase the curved cap line.
- Shade the Vs in the cap with medium gray pencil color.
- Fill in the acorn and stem with medium gray pencil color.
- Add darker gray shading on top, and soften the edges in between.