Drawing a Simple Skeleton
By Mandy Theis HalleniusYou can draw a simple skeleton using big
shapes.What part of the skeleton does the oval represent?
Do you see how all of the small bones can be grouped together
into one big shape?What part of the skeleton does the rectangle
Do you see how the unusual shape of the pelvis can be simplified
into one big shape?What part of the skeleton does the small oval
Do you see how the head can be simplified into one big shape?You
can use a simple skeleton to help you draw people!
Lets try to draw this woman using a simple skeleton as a
starting point.11Can you find an oval to represent the ribcage in
this painting of Mrs. Larz by Cecelia Beaux?
13Can you draw an oval to represent a ribcage?14Can you find an
oval to represent the head in this painting of Mrs. Larz by Cecelia
16Can you add a smaller oval to represent a head in your
drawing?17Can you find a rectangle to represent the pelvis in this
painting of Mrs. Larz by Cecelia Beaux?
19Can you add a rectangle to represent a pelvis in your
Which angle below looks the most like the angle of the
Can you add a skinny rectangle that represents the angle of the
The legs are hidden behind her dress. What angle do you think
her closest leg could be?23
Can you add a skinny rectangle that represents the closest
Where do you think the back leg belongs?25
Does it belong at this angle?26No!How do you know?
Her dress would have to stick out on the side if a leg was
Could the back leg belong here?30Yes!
32Congratulations! You made a drawing of a person using a simple
Look carefully at the painting and see if you can add more
information to your simple skeleton!35
Can you add a neck? hair? shoulders? a dress? a hand?36National
Core Arts Standards K-3VA:Cr1.2, VA:Cr2.1, VA:Cr3.1
Elementary Common Core StandardsCCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.G.A.1,
K.G.A.2,K.G.B.4, K.G.B.5, K.G.B.6, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.G.A.1,
1.G.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.G.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.G.A.1