Learn how to draw ice cream cones like American painter Wayne Thiebaud, and then shade them with a two values of a color.
Wayne Thiebaud is a great example of how an artist might first not be taken seriously, but later admired, once critics stop to take a closer look. His paintings of cakes, pies and ice cream were actually mocked when they were first displayed.
After an art gallery took a risk and showcased Thiebaud’s work, the world finally witnessed for the first time what a truly marvelous artist he was. One early critic described him as “the hungriest artist in California,” because of his love of arranging sandwiches, pies, or rows of chocolates in a candy store.
Today Thiebaud is considered Northern California’s greatest artist, famous for turning the simple concept of food into a driving force of art. His work defined a half century and made him a beloved figure in the American art scene.
Teacher Note: If you like to add Principles of Design and Elements of Art to your lessons, you might take advantage of Thiebaud’s examples of Repetition and Value in his paintings of ice cream cones. His use of repeating cones is a great example of one of the Principles of Design, and the changing value of color is one of the Elements of Art. Both add some great vocabulary words for discussions about what makes up an interesting work of art.
- How to Draw Ice Cream Cones (click to open a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
- Crayons (Prang and large pack of Crayola)
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw an Ice Cream Cone
- Draw three lines for the board.
- Add the four evenly spaced curves on the board.
- Draw the bottoms of the cones below the board.
- Complete the cone and add ice cream on the right.
- Draw the cone and add scoops on the next cone.
- Complete the cone and add scoops on the left.
- Finish the fourth cone and erase the line inside each one.
- Add some small detail lines on the cone and scoops.
- Trace with a marker and color.