Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw the Parthenon and a Parthenon Coloring Page. This facade is true to the original, with its eight symmetrical columns.
The Parthenon is a temple in the middle of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. It was a temple to honor the goddess Athena. It was built between 447 BC and 432 BC. It is considered one of ancient Greece’s greatest architecture accomplishments. This tutorial with show students how to draw the Parthenon in a way that keeps the important details, without being too overwhelming.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, in both horizontal and vertical directions. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? No, that’s totally not necessary. The lines would most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. Instead, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the Parthenon drawing project.
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Parthenon Coloring Page
Materials for Parthenon Drawing
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Directions to Draw Parthenon Step by Step
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to draw the Parthenon
- Draw the top triangle.
- Add the panel below the triangle.
- Draw the base, making sure it has the same width.
- Start the tops of the 8 columns. Be sure to center them on each side.
- Finish the 4 columns on the right side.
- Finish the 4 columns on the left side.
- Add two vertical lines inside each column.
- Draw the top details and add some landscaping.
- Trace the drawing with a marker and color.