Here’s an idea for how to draw simple birds. Stack them on top of each other, with the highest one looking at a pretty flower.
These little birds couldn’t be any simpler. Their bodies are just a tear drop shape, and the tails a cluster of a few feathers. The idea of them sitting on top of each other to smell a flower is adorable in any book.
What makes this drawing so pleasant to look at, is that the birds all seem to look very balanced. There is no indication that they are about to topple and creating a drawing that has that feeling can take some practice. Master artists from the dawn of time struggled with it.
Balance is one of the Elements of Art, so this is a great project when students are learning more about Balance. The step by step tutorial you can download below will help them plan their birds so they look like they are easily standing on top of each other, and could stay there all day if need be. That balance is what makes this such a fun drawing to look at.
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Simple Birds Coloring Page
Materials for How to Draw Simple Birds
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Step by Step Directions for How to Draw Simple Birds
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw Simple Birds
- Make guidelines. Draw middle bird, with the belly centered on the line.
- Draw the larger bird below. Center the head on the middle line.
- Draw the top bird, with head centered on the middle line.
- Add the legs in between each.
- Add the eyes and beaks.
- Add wings on each bird.
- Draw ground line and flower stem.
- Add flower and leaves.
- Trace with marker and color.