FREE ART LESSON + PROJECT FOR KIDS

DRAW + SHADE A BIG BURGER

Hungry for a big, juicy burger - toasted bun, lettuce, tomato, meat, sauce, and all those extra tasty toppings you like? We're drawing that burger in the video below, then adding in highlights and shade using oil pastels to make it look layered and delicious. Grab your supplies, join in, learn a few techniques along the way, and have fun!

My most favorite part of this project... there are no mistakes in art! So enjoy the process of building your burger.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Tan or yellow colored pencil

  • Oil pastels (you’ll have some color choices for your burger, but you’ll definitely need: brown, tan, yellow, orange, red, pink, light green, dark green, white, and black)

  • Marker

  • Paper towel or scrap paper

  • Paper to protect work surface

Need art supplies? Check out my suggestions for budding artists: Art Supplies

TIME NEEDED

The video is approximately 40 minutes, but the actual project may take about 60 minutes to complete. Remember, this video can be paused at any point if you need more time to complete a step.

AGE LEVEL

This art lesson + project is for all ages but geared towards the upper elementary and junior high levels.

YOUNGER STUDENT OPTION

Have a younger student or preschooler who wants to create alongside their older sibling? Have them work through drawing the burger, then let them experiment and play around with oil pastels to color the layers. Encourage them to vary each layer color, but no need to focus on shading or blending, especially if they're not interested. 

Or use the printable version of this drawing (free!). Print the pdf copy and encourage your child to color (or trace and color) the drawing: Big Burger Coloring Page.

PARENT/TEACHER TIP

In a time crunch or want to spread out this lesson over two days? Use one art day to draw the burger using a colored pencil, then on your next art day, grab your oil pastels and follow along to add layers and layers of color to your burger.

 

Don't have oil pastels? Swap out the pastels and use colored pencils or even crayons. It won't have the exact same look, but students will still learn to draw, color, shade, and highlight.

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