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Draw Simple Birds

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.

how to draw simple birds
how to draw simple birds

These little birds couldn’t be any simpler, but they do need to be stacked with care to make them look balanced. (In fact, Balance is one of the Elements of Art so this would be good practice for that.) The key is to watch where each bird falls on the center line. The heads and backs need to be lined up to keep that nice balanced look.

The simplicity of these shapes also make them a perfect candidate for a crayon and watercolor resist project. Just trace the edges with a permanent black marker for definition, then add colorful crayon pattern, and finish with watercolor on top. One of the best media combinations around!


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Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw Simple Birds

  1. Make guidelines. Draw middle bird, with the belly centered on the line.

  2. Draw the larger bird below. Center the head on the middle line.

  3. Draw the top bird, with head centered on the middle line.

  4. Add the legs in between each.

  5. Add the eyes and beaks.

  6. Add wings on each bird.

  7. Draw ground line and flower stem.

  8. Add flower and leaves.

  9. Trace with marker, add crayon lines, and paint.

  1. KSab

    Thank you Kathy…. I have always wanted this tutorial for stacked birds !!!!!! going to do this with 2nd and 3rd grade…..

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