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How to Draw the US Capitol Building

By Kathybarbro
How to Draw the US Capitol BuildingThe upcoming holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July) make it a good time to draw some of the more famous buildings in our country. I used my computer printed 1/4" graph paper to help young students draw straight lines without struggling with a ruler.1. You can download my graph paper here, and see a simplified Capitol drawing here. To get the students all on the same starting point, I gave them a 3" wide by 1" tall cardboard triangle, which was placed in the center of the paper and traced. A horizontal ground line was added near the bottom. Three to four pillars were drawn centered under the triangle. Three rows of steps were drawn, centered under the pillars. The dome is added above the triangle in sections. The east and west wings were drawn on the right and left, as shown. Details could be added as desired.
2. When the drawing was complete, the lines were traced with a medium-width marker.3. The drawing was colored in with crayons. Shadows could be added in places, but the building was to stay white, like the original.Thanks to Emil, a talented kinder artist who drew this lovely picture today.How to Draw the US Capitol Building

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