Celebrate Thanksgiving with a modeled drawing lesson that is simple and fun for students. Once the drawings are finished, students can get creative as they color them. Consider displaying the completed, mounted artwork on a bulletin board.


What You Need:

  • White or manila drawing paper
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black markers
  • Optional: construction paper, 12- by 18-inch, any color


What You Do:

  1. You will model steps 2 through 7 in front of the class, with children completing each step along with you.
  2. Begin by drawing a large U for the head in the center of the paper, leaving room at the top of the paper for the pilgrim’s hat. 
  3. Draw one perpendicular line on each side of the U to start her bonnet. Then, connect them by drawing an upside-down U, completing the bonnet.
  4. Draw two incomplete rectangles from the bottom of the U, angled away from each other, to create a collar.
  5. Draw a horizontal oval at the top of the U, connecting the face shape and outlining a forehead. 
  6. Add vertical lines to detail hair on the forehead as shown.
  7. Draw two small Us to create (closed) eyes, one small U to represent the nose, and a larger, wider U for a smile.
  8. Have students color in their pilgrim girls using crayons.

Optional: Create a display piece by having students cut out the pilgrim girl and glue it on a sheet of colored construction paper. Students may want to outline the pilgrim girl with a black marker.