How to Teach People to Draw


Artistic interest and talent should never go to waste no matter how young or old a person may be. Drawing can help nurture younger children and assist adults in expressing their individuality. Art books may be a great tool to teach people how to draw, but most learn best when taught by teachers. To successfully teach people to draw, create demonstrations and activities in which your pupils can engage.

Things You'll Need

  • Crayons or pastels
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Easel
  • Pencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Drawing paper
  • Artwork samples
  • Stimulate the minds of your students with exercises. Have them visualize items or figures they want to draw. Show samples of pictures to serve as inspirations for their drawings. Show samples of artwork from other people you have taught.

  • Allow your students to observe you drawing. Start by drawing simple items that people can copy. For instance, draw everyday objects such as houses, pets, food or plants. Using objects that people are familiar with makes learning to draw less intimidating for them. Use materials you want your students to use for their own pictures, like colored pencils and a ruler.

  • Teach basic shapes first, then build on your sketches with more complex techniques. Ask your students to think in terms of shapes when putting an object together on paper. For example, when drawing a person, have them think of the head as a circle, the body as a triangle and rectangles for the legs.

  • Tell your students to draw an object they see in front of them without looking down at their paper. This allows you to see if your student has a grasp on the drawing lesson and if any natural talent for the art form is present.

  • Establish a regular drawing schedule. Consistency is key to learning to draw well. Have your students purchase drawing materials, such as paper, ruler and pencils, so they can be serious artists.

  • Teach people how to color and shade in their drawings. This gives the artwork a more realistic appearance that is more visually appealing. Most people enjoy using color because it brings their images to life on paper.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be patient. Everyone learns new skills differently. Some folks have a natural talent for drawing while others learn much slower.

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