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How to Draw Easy 3D Buildings

Learn how to draw easy 3D buildings, by turning flat shapes into tall forms. It’s one of the first steps to learning about perspective.

Years ago, in the California school system, second graders used to learn about cityscapes. I believe it was connected to animal life, and how some adapted to live in a more urban setting.

Seeing how helpful it was to overlap my art curriculum with their studies, I developed this simple drawing project to show them how to draw city buildings that looked dimensional instead of flat.

After years of practice, I can advise that in this age range, some will catch on right away about how to make all the diagonal lines go in the same direction. Others will have variations of that, but more importantly, ALL will mostly likely feel like they just drew something that looks a lot more real than before. And that’s why 3D City Buildings used to be one of my favorites.

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw Easy 3D Buildings

  1. Draw a ground line.

  2. Add touching rectangles above.

  3. Draw 45 degree angle lines at corners shown.

  4. Connect ends with straight lines.

  5. Start adding doors and windows.

  6. Continue adding doors and windows.

  7. Finish the doors and windows.

  8. Add a tree, cloud and sun.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

Student Artwork

Cityscape by Oliver, 1st grade

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