Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Printable How To Draw A Picture Of Pocahontas Worksheet

This printable worksheet will help give the young artist confidence and direction in drawing a human form and popular historical character. Parents, homeschool families, and teachers will be able to use this in class and at home. It can be given as an extra assignment, a take home project or as a stand-alone lesson.

To print the worksheet below just highlight it and send it to your printer or save to your device to print later. Some printers work better with this type of format if you first drag the image to the desktop and  print from there. If you have problems see the "HOW TO PRINT" TAB above or try one of the alternate files below.

FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT: Learning to draw takes time and practice, so if your drawing does not turn out the way you wanted on the first try do not give up- call it a practice or rough draft and try again. Draw everyday and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. Come back often and try some of my other projects.

How To Draw Pocahontas Worksheet 

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Start with an articulated stick figure, that is a stick figure with the major joints- it looks like a skeleton. Draw the head as an oval. Since Poincianas was a youth we draw her head a little bigger than an adults might have been.  One shoulder is higher than the other.  One leg is straight down and the other is crossing behind it as if she is walking. The forward leg is more centered as she is putting her weight on it. The foot is a large circle at the heel and a smaller on at the ball connected by a line.

Over the stick figure draw ovals to build up the thickness of the arms and legs. The shoulders taper down slightly and are slightly rounded where at the shoulder joint. The bicep (upper arm muscle) is short and rounded, the triceps (at the back of the arm) is long. The arms are narrower at the wrist. Draw an oval for the calf muscle but the front of the leg is straight. Go around the shapes to give the lines a graceful flow.

Keep the face simple. Use guidelines to keep things even. One guideline goes down the center but slightly to the side since she is turned a little. Use a guideline halfway across for the eyes, then halfway between the eyes to the chin for the nose, and halfway from the nose to the chin for the mouth.
She is turned slightly so the far cheek is showing. Start with straight lines; Down and out slightly for the edge of the forehead, curved in slightly for the eye socket, out sharply for the cheek, down and inward for the far jaw and sharply up and back to the ear for the near jaw.
Use a curving line for the top of the upper eyelid and draw a circle below it for the eye, the top of the circle will be cut off by the upper eyelid.  The eyebrow is an arch that is thicker near the nose and thinner as it goes toward the edge of the face.
The nose is turned up slightly since she is still young. Start with a long line from the eyebrow and go down and out, then a short line back in. Keep a space between the nose and the lip.
The upper lip is all shadow. it is like the letter "M" spread out.  The lower lip is indicated only with a short curved shadow underneath.
Keep the hand simple. If your drawing is small just draw them like mittens. If you have space to give the hands detail use the method described above of drawing a hand skeleton first and then going around the lines to fill them out.
Go around the circles and lines of the stick figure to get the basic shape of the foot, and add a few lines as if the stitches of moccasins.

Historical resources show the Indians of that time wearing simple leather skirts or toga style dress, so keep it simple to be historically accurate. There were simple patterns painted on their clothes. The is evidence that they wore a band around the head with feathers on the front. The bodies were painted or tattooed with circles, dots, and lines. The skirt would have a split on the sides so she could run and hunt.

Give her long black hair that has some shiny areas in it.

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