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How to Draw like Miro

Learn how to draw like Miro, a Spanish artist who loved to create art with childlike qualities. He ended up playing a big role in the Surrealism movement.

Joan Miro’s work is filled with simple lines and organic shapes and can easily play double duty when you’re trying to teach students about art history AND the Elements of Art.

A quick overview of some of his paintings will show many of the LINES and SHAPES he loved to repeat (both Elements of Art) and are super easy for students to draw and rearrange in their own manner.

One tip for helping your students make their abstract art as colorful possible? Point out that they need to break up the background by making things intersect and touch the edge of the paper. That way when they color, it won’t be just one shade all over. The more color, the better!

This project is designed to be part of my Recycled Art Journal system. You can read more about it HERE.


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Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw like Miro

  1. Draw a simple head.

  2. Add the stick torso below.

  3. Draw two bent arms.

  4. Add two bent legs.

  5. Add small circles and hair.

  6. Draw about six large circles that overlap the body.

  7. Add lines and star shapes.

  8. Draw circles on the ends.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

miro art lesson
Miro drawing with crayons and watercolor paint

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