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Shape Up Your Drawings
Highlights for Children. 54.9 (Sept. 1999): p5.
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Have you ever wanted to draw something, but you didn't know where to begin? There is a trick you can use to help you get started. The trick is to look at all objects as simple shapes. If you can draw a square, a circle, and a triangle, you can draw anything.

Think of each shape as part of a family. The square family includes all shapes with four sides. The circle family contains shapes with one curved, connected line. The triangle family includes three-sided shapes.

When you are ready to draw something, look at it closely and think about which "shape family" it belongs to. For example, lampshades are part of the triangle family. Most flowers fit in the circle family. Couches and fences go with the square family. Some objects combine shapes from a few families. When you know what shapes are in the object that you want to draw, you are ready to begin.

Hold your pencil loosely. Lightly draw the basic shapes that make up your object. Then look closely at the object, and add details to the basic shapes. Work on only one part at a time.

When you're happy with the drawing, darken the main lines. If you wish, erase the basic shapes that you drew first. With practice, your squares will become buildings. Your circles will turn into wheels and clocks. Your triangles will become mountain ranges. Castles and dragons also start out as basic shapes. There is no end to what you will be able to draw!

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Walker, Heather A. "Shape Up Your Drawings." Highlights for Children, vol. 54, no. 9, Sept. 1999, p. 5. Kids InfoBits, https%3A%2F%2Flink.gale.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FA55653965%2FITKE%3Fu%3Dmlin_b_massblc%26sid%3DITKE%26xid%3D493ad7f8. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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