Students can learn how to draw an astronaut with an easy step by step tutorial, and then add their own face inside. Makes for a cute portrait!
The word “astronaut” comes from the Greek words meaning “space sailor.” It refers to all who have been launched as crew members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond. The term has been saved as the title for those selected to join the NASA corps of astronauts who make “space sailing” their career.
If your classroom studies have a space theme happening, then this tutorial might come in handy. It’s perfect for helping students draw themselves in outer space. No need for super complex space suits — this one is easy, but a few light gray lines for shadows give it a cool 3D look. Encourage students to draw the helmet large, so they will have lots of room to draw the features of their face.
The background also needs to be colored with care. In order to make the white space suit stand out, there needs to be lots of dark color surrounding it. A black or dark blue or even dark purple will work, it just needs to be as solid as possible. There are no shortcuts for lots of patient and careful coloring.
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Astronaut Coloring Page
Materials for How to Draw an Astronaut
- 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.
Directions for How to Draw an Astronaut
Time needed: 35 minutes.
How to Draw an Astronaut
- Draw a U shape with a rim on top.
- Add a helmet and visor.
- Draw two symmetrical gloves.
- Connect both with bumpy lines to the body.
- Draw two symmetrical boots.
- Connect to the body with bumpy lines.
- Add a badge and background.
- Draw a face in the visor.
- Trace with marker and color.