Let’s learn how to draw a blue jay by drawing along with this fun drawing guide!
Included are 9 easy steps to follow, kids will enjoy designing their own blue jay on paper. Also included is a downloadable version of this blue jay drawing lesson.
Ideal for art teachers and homeschoolers looking to teach kids how to draw their own blue jay.
Enjoy the process of learning how to draw a blue jay. Go beyond the lesson…don’t forget to add some unique details. It is officially time to get creative!
- Drawing Paper
- Crayons or Colored Pencils
- Black Marker (optional)
- How to Draw a Blue Jay Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
In this lesson, we will learn how to draw a blue jay with your drawing materials. We will consider the various sizes and shapes contained in the example drawing of the blue jay. The lines in each step is drawn blue so you can identify the most recent components that you should be drawing.
Time Needed: 20 minutes
Outline The Head
Using your pencil, draw a curved line that is similar to our thumb. This will be the base of the head.
Draw The Eyes, Beak, Crown, And Neck
For the eyes, draw a small circle in the middle of the head. Then, add the diamond-shaped beak on the left side. The blue jay has a feather crown above the bead. Next, draw zigzag lines from the right side of the eye up to its neck.
Add The Wing
Next, draw the right wing like a long oval shape but somewhat pointed at the end.
Draw The Wing’s Details
Outline the details inside the wing with vertical and horizontal curved lines.
Add The Tail
The blue jay has a long tail underneath its wings.
Draw The Details Inside The Tail
Draw horizontal and vertical lines for the bird’s tail.
Outline The Body
Do not forget to outline the body on the left side of the wing from the neck to down below the tail.
Draw The Feet
Don’t forget to add the bird’s tiny feet.
Complete Your Drawing
The blue jay’s colors are blue, white, and black but do not be afraid to add shadows and highlights so we can capture its beauty.
How to Draw a Blue Jay PDF Download
Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw a Blue Jay. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!
Bald Blue Jays!
The blue jay is a medium-sized songbird and it is recognized as one of the most beautiful but very common birds in North America.
The blue jay has a unique color for its feathers that can be found on its head, chest and wings. Its feathers are very striking with the light blue and the darker, almost black on the tips of their wings.
You might see a bald blue jay near the end of summer!
The blue jay is a creature that, at this time of year, finds itself in an awkward position. As winter approaches, the jays head south, looking for more hospitable climates. But before they go, they have one final task to take care of: molting. They have to let go of their old feathers and grow new ones.
Blue Jays molt in order to get rid of old feathers that are no longer useful or waterproof and replace them with new ones that will be used for the coming season.
So if you see a bald blue jay, usually around August, don’ t worry. The bird is not sick in any way and just looks silly due to the molting.