Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw Santa’s Sleigh and Coloring Page. A profile view will lets students concentrate on just one side, and fill it with lots of pretty presents!
Santa’s Sleigh Drawing
Drawing Santa’s sleigh may sound rather complicated at first. After all, if you imagine Santa, with his beard and hat and clothes, sitting inside this unusually shaped sled with skis, that can sound pretty complex.
Why not keep it simple? And just have a side view of this sled, and pretend Santa is off delivering some of the packages we see inside? That sounds much more manageable, and can still result in a very pretty colorful Christmas drawing.
Getting Started with Drawing Guides
The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.
You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.
For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, this sleigh sketch starts with large cane shape that fills the bottom half of the paper. The placement and scale is easier to see if students can see where those two guides are.
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When students get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done. Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper. Having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.
So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big line down the center of their paper before they start? No, that will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. Instead, they simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.
And now, on to the sleigh drawing project.
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Materials for Santa’s Sleigh Drawing
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers are great for making a crisp outline to your drawing. Use them when you want your outline show up, but not be so heavy that it detracts from other things.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!