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How to Draw the Notre Dame Cathedral

Someone on the news recently said that “to see Notre Dame was to witness the brilliant thinking that went in to making it.”

Notre Dame’s architecture is noted for its intricacies, but on very fundamental level, it is a beautifully balanced and symmetrical building that students can appreciate more fully with a tutorial that makes it easier to see those shapes.

This drawing project is taken from my recent “Draw World Landmarks” ebook, but I thought sharing this particular tutorial might be of some help for teachers out there right now.

Tip: The grid paper is especially important for them to have for this one, so I’ve included a template in the PDF download.


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  1. Prep: Print tutorial for each student.
  2. Follow the tutorial to draw Notre Dame in pencil.
  3. Trace the building with a black marker.
  4. Color the building with markers.
  5. Add shadows by coloring another layer of marker.

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