Learn how to draw this dome shaped igloo with easy step by step instructions. Curved lines do the trick.
Igloos are known to be dome-shaped dwellings that are built from compacted snow. Inuit hunters would often build igloos as a temporary shelter while on their hunting trips. Learning how to draw an igloo will teach students so much more about them than just coloring one could ever do.
Igloo walls acts as an insulator that makes use of ones own body heat to warm up the interior. If there are quite a few people inside and they also light a small fire, the inside of an igloo can even reach about 60 degrees Fahrenheit, even when the outside temperature is -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
As drawing projects go, students will find themselves using several of the ELEMENTS OF ART to make their igloo look as realistic as possible. They start with a basic half circle SHAPE, then add curved LINES to indicate the snow bricks, and then a light VALUE of blue for some simple shadows. Oh, and if a small eskimo is added to the background, he or she give the drawing some extra SPACE. Not bad for one drawing!
If your students need a review of what the ELEMENTS OF ART are, I have a worksheet posted HERE. It will help them think and talk with more detail about their work, which is always a helpful thing.
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Materials for Igloo Drawing
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips.
- 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 Igloo Drawing
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw an Igloo
- Draw a large upside down C shape.
- Connect the bottom with a curve.
- Start the door with another upside down curve.
- Draw the inside curve of the opening.
- Connect it to the dome.
- Draw the curved horizontal lines as shown.
- Add alternating vertical lines as shown.
- Finish the details to the opening and add a background.
- Trace with a marker and color with crayons.