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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.”

how to draw Notre Dame

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



This drawing project is a sample from my recent “Draw World Landmarks” ebook. It covers twenty five landmarks from all over the world and each includes a finished color sample, full size line drawing, step-by-step tutorial, and a grid paper template shown to the right.

You can set your students up for success with these tutorials that follow a grid system and literally diagram how some very famous structures can be easily put down on paper.



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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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