Learning how to draw an ant gets easy when you start with a step by step tutorial. And there’s no better way to learn the names of all those body parts.
Ants are intelligent and social insects that work together in communities and communicate in order to solve problems. Their colonies can range from a few dozen in a small, naturally formed area to millions in a large, organized system.
The ant is also one of the world’s strongest creatures in relation to its size. It can carry 50 times its own body weight! And if they work together, then can even move bigger objects as a group.
This ant tutorial will show students how to draw an ant with its basic body parts – head, thorax and abdomen — with just enough extra detail to make one look pretty realistic. It could be turned into a kind of cartoon ant by getting creative with the eyes and head OR it could work for a science project too. There’s plenty of room for labels on the side, if that would be helpful.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed guideline running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, the oval abdomen needs to be sitting on the vertical line, and centered in the bottom panel. It’s important to sketch that shape big enough and high enough on the sheet of paper so that there’s room for the head and tail underneath. When beginners get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the Ant drawing project.
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Ant Coloring Page
How to Draw an Ant Materials
- 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 Ant
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How to Draw an Ant
- Draw an oval shape for the abdomen.
- Add the thorax above the abdomen.
- Draw a neck and head above the abodomen
- Draw two front legs that have small sections.
- Draw the middle leg that bends back.
- Add the bent back legs.
- Finish with the antennae, mandibles and eyes on top of the head.
- Trace the drawing with a marker and color.
- Color harder along the edges to add a shadow.