How to Draw a Castle

This lesson has been quite rewarding for my fourth grade classes. Looking at a pictures of detailed castles with bricks, battlements, turrets and doors can be overwhelming, especially if you are expected to draw one.
I found the perfect solution. Borrowing a tip from my How To Draw a Barn lesson, I cut small rectangular shapes from tagboard. Small squares provide the perfect template for the center section of the castle. While long templates are perfect for the towers. This method is quick, accurate and eliminates the measuring and stress associated with creating the perfect lines. I demonstrated various decorative techniques varying in skill level from easy to more difficult. Many kids chose the difficult elements and felt quite proud of their accomplishments.

The first step was to pencil in all of the pencil lines, then we outlined the castle in black marker. This is the stage when I showed the kids how to add bricks. they loved how the bricks ‘aged’ the castle.
Finally (and this is the step that really takes the longest) is to color in the castle and background using colored pencils. If you have high quality colored pencils, the projects will turn out well. The color pencils used in this lessons were not so great, so the saturation was slightly weaker than I had hoped. Still, a wonderful project that the kids are super proud of.


To make life easier for you, I have developed a down-loadable lesson plan that features this “Castle” lesson. The PDF includes the measurements for templates and full photo tutorials. The PDF also includes two other lessons using templates as tools. Go into the shop to purchase or read more about Architecture Made Easy Art Lesson Plans.

4 comments

  1. Char says:

    Did you provide visuals/examples for the details? Love your blog!

  2. Patty P says:

    Hi Char,
    I passed out a few drawing aides
    (B & W drawings of castles) but basically demonstrated everything on the white board. The kids especially loved the instruction on how to draw bricks(the layered approach).

  3. Jessica says:

    I love this lesson. The kids produced such beautiful results! I’m excited to search through your archives for more ideas, tips, and tricks. I’m going to link to you in my sidebar, if you don’t mind.

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