Mar 25, 2012

How to Draw a House

I had great success with this project for kinders recently. Several even came back later saying they went home to draw more houses. Love it when that happens.
1. I printed out 1/4" graph paper on 17" x 11" paper to help the students draw straight lines. Using just plain white paper would probably be fine though too. Start by showing the students how to draw a straight horizontal line for the ground. A basic house shape is added above it, sitting a bit to the left of the paper.
2. Show the students how to draw two horizontal lines for the edges of the roof. If possible, ask them to make them approximately the same length.
3. Starting at the top line, the two ends of the roof need to be connected and then a straight vertical line goes down.
4. Now the details of door, windows and sun may be added. All the lines are traced with a thin black marker, and then shapes are colored in. Encourage them to include the background so the image has lots of color.


Kez said...

Thank you so much for these - I'm not much of an artist (major understatement!) so to have steps to follow is good for me to show my son how to draw things.

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Sam Ricks said...

Just ran across your site today while putting together an art demonstration for my mother-in-law's third grade class. This site is golden! Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for all of your amazing ideas! I have used many of them to jump start my first year as an elementary art specialist. I used this one and changed it up a bit to make Folk Art Barns! Fun! Thanks again!

Anna Bitzinger said...

I did this project with my kinders who really had a great time with it. We even used textured plates that had stone, brick or zig-zag patterns which the students used to fill in the roof or ground spaces. :)
Thanks for all of the ideas. It's really helped my first year teaching experience run a bit smoother.


Anna Bitzinger