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Drawing Lessons for Children: Draw Really Big

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These Drawing Lessons for Children aim to make learning to draw fun and enjoyable. You’ll probably enjoy this one most if you are about eight years old or over. Ask your Mum or Dad to explain anything you don’t understand.

You could also ask them if they would like to join in with their own big drawing as this is a very enjoyable project that anyone can do.

Learning to draw is all about looking at things really closely. One way to do this is to draw something much larger than it actually is. Because you are drawing so big you have to look very closely in order to find enough details to fill your drawing. This will also show you just how interesting a perfectly ordinary vegetable really is.

Drawing Lessons for Children: What you need:

Space – you are going to draw on a large piece of paper so you need either floor space, an easel or a large table to work on.

A large sheet of paper – about 42 x 58 cm (16 x 22 inches)

Wax crayons

Something to draw: good subjects for this are an onion with its roots, a leek with its roots, and a cauliflower with leaves attached, a carrot with the leaves still attached, an onion with some roots or a pineapple.

Drawing Lessons for Children: Draw Really Big

To get vegetables which still have roots and leaves you will probably need to talk to someone who has their own vegetable garden.

Drawing lessons for Children: Instructions for drawing really big

Get comfortable and put your vegetable or fruit next to your paper so you can see look back and forth between it and the paper easily.

Firstly, look carefully at your vegetable – what do you notice about it? Ask yourself: Is it nubbly or smooth? Brightly colored or not? What shape is it? How best will it fit on your paper?

Choose some colors which you think will best suit your vegetable and keep them separate from the ones you don’t need – this makes it easier to find what you need whilst you are drawing. Once you have decided how your drawing will fit on your paper, start drawing the outline of the vegetable. Try to make your drawing as big as possible so it fills the paper, like the drawing in the picture, below.

When the outline is done, look at your vegetable again. What are the main colors? Don’t worry about the details yet, just look for the large areas of color. Then using crayons which match these colors, color in your drawing.


Now look carefully at your fruit or vegetable again: It will be covered in details. Leeks have fine veins running top to bottom and the color changes from white to green. Onions like the one here can be yellow, brown, orangey, white, rust colored…and covered in small black marks. They might even be all of these colors.

Carrots may be dirty and have all sorts of marks on their surface and pineapples are very nubbly but their nubbly bits are arranged into a pattern.

Start to draw in the patterns and marks you find on the surface of your fruit or vegetable using a color that matches the details and looking back and forth between your paper and what you are drawing. If, as you draw, you find you want to change something in your drawing go ahead and do this – sometimes as we are drawing we begin to see the object more clearly and want to make changes to what we have already done.