How to Draw a Butterfly: 6 Kid-Friendly Steps
In an easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial, students will learn how to draw a butterfly. Driven drawings are a favorite among kindergarten and primary school students.
What is the best way to draw a butterfly?
This spring butterfly-guided drawing produces a lovely outcome that is ideal for spring lessons.
How to Draw Butterfly Materials
With a few basic tools, this guided drawing can be done in any primary classroom or at home. White art paper, pencils, erasers, fine black markers or Sharpie pens, and watercolor paints will all be needed. I consider using proper art paper since it can withstand water and paint and does not break if used correctly.
I suggest standing in front of the class with a big easel and map paper to draw on while teaching this art lesson. Students will use their materials to sit at their desks. I take it slowly and carefully, drawing each step and giving each instruction one by one. I provide plenty of time for my students to follow along and ask questions. If you model the lesson in this manner and take your time, you will have the most success.
Directions for How to Draw a Butterfly
All of the steps for drawing a butterfly are mentioned below.
1. Place a big white piece of art paper in landscape orientation on your work surface.
2. Begin by drawing a small circle in the center of the page.
3. Add a smaller oval from the bottom of the circle and a larger oval from the top. The three pieces of a butterfly’s body are (head, thorax, and abdomen).
4. Begin by drawing broad upper wings, on one hand, then the other.
5. Draw a curved wing outline from the bottom of the thorax up and across, connecting it at the bottom of the thorax (middle body). Rep on the other page.
6. Start at the outer corner of the top wing and draw a curved wing pattern down and back up, joining with the bottom of the abdomen to make the smaller lower wings (lower body). Rep on the other page.
7. Put the patterns on the butterfly’s wings now. You can either let the kids be imaginative and have some examples, or they can simply follow the steps.
8. Begin by drawing a curved line on the inside of each lower wing’s lower wing. And add a scalloped line on the inside.
9. Finish with a circle in the extra space’s middle.
10. Begin with a curved line within each upper wing for the upper wings.
And, within that, draw a scalloped thread.
- Draw a curved line from the scalloped edge’s inner points to the thorax (upper body). Rep on the other page.
- Draw two antennae radiating from the middle of the head in opposite directions.
- At the top, make a swirl or a circle.
Adding Details to the Butterfly Drawing
Adding information to the face is optional, and leaving it blank does not detract from its appearance.
Draw two circles at the top of the head to incorporate the eye info. Make eyelids by drawing tiny curves at the tip.
Three short eyelashes should be included.
Make the eyes and color them in, leaving a small white spot in each eye.
If desired, add a little grin and a tiny heart-shaped nose.
Trace all of the lines of your spring butterfly guided drawing with a fine point black marker or Sharpie ink. Using a strong white eraser, delete the pencil marks.
Also, you can improve your kid’s vocabulary skills.
Painting the Butterfly Drawing
I normally finish the task in two days or cycles. On the first day, we use a black marker to finish the drawing and tracing. We paint two days a week. If your students have never worked with watercolor paints before, show them how to create correct brush strokes with a paintbrush and how to adjust the water to paint ratio. Instead of the little paintbrushes that come with most watercolor paint packs, I like to use larger ones.
Paint the butterfly’s body first, beginning in the middle and moving outward with watercolor paints. I used black for the whole body, making sure it didn’t run or get in the eyes.
Different portions of the butterfly’s wings should be painted in different light colors (yellow, pink, green, blue, purple). Until going on to the next hue, use the previous one absolutely.
You may either keep painting the scene with a new color or leave it alone. When shown against a white backdrop, the butterfly really pops. Alternatively, you might cut out the butterflies and glue them to building or other special paper.
When everyone has finished their spring butterfly guided painting, they should hang it up to dry entirely. Don’t make the error of hanging them or standing them up. The butterflies will be drenched in paint and water. When they’re dry, hang them up or use them to make a nice spring bulletin board set.
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