Learn how to draw the American flag, blowing in the wind, with beautiful wavy stripes. Those curves have so much more dimension than a flat flag does!
The Flag of the United States of America features thirteen equal stripes of red switching with stripes of white. The blue rectangle in the upper corner holds fifty white stars representing the 50 states which make up the United States of America. The stripes represent the 13 original colonies which gained independence from Britain. The flag of the United States has other names as well. It is also known as the Stars and Stripes, Star-Spangled Banner and most famously, the nickname Old Glory.
Now students that are learning about the American flag and want to learn how to draw one blowing in the wind, have some tutorial help. The stripes do make a very dynamic drawing when they are curved, it just takes some extra time and care to get them right.
That being said, I would encourage young students to not get overly concerned that they have the exact right number of stripes and stars in their drawing. Especially if they are drawing a smaller one. As long as their flag starts and ends with red stripes, and their block of white stars looks about as full as my sample, their American flag drawing is bound to look really beautiful and everyone will know exactly what it is.
- How to Draw the American Flag (click for a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw the American Flag
- Draw the pole at an angle.
- Attach the first flag fold shape.
- Add the second flag fold shape.
- Add the third flag fold shape.
- Draw 6 lines on the first fold shape.
- Add 12 lines on the second fold.
- Draw 12 lines on the last fold shape.
- Add 50 stars (or as many as you can!) in the top corner.
- Trace with a marker and color.