How To Draw A Lake: Step 9

How to Draw a Lake

Young artists can learn how to draw a lake by following the demonstration images in this basic guide.

Beginners will benefit from this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw a lake. This easy lake tutorial is perfect for younger kids looking to learn how to draw.

All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and easy to follow! Plan for this drawing to take somewhere around a half an hour or so to complete.

Finally learn to draw a picturesque lake scene by following this tutorial at your own pace. …and now for the how to draw a lake lesson…


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayons or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker (optional)
  • How to Draw a Lake Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
How To Draw A Lake: All Steps

By the end of this lesson we will complete a drawing of a lake by drawing one area at a time. It will take 9 steps to complete as we continue to draw each area moving closer to the finished work of art. The completed artwork will be beautified with color resulting in a drawing you will want to share with friends!

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Form The Dock Platform

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 1

    First, let’s form a dock platform in the foreground by making a rectangular box.

  2. Add The Planks

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 2

    Add the planks on the dock platform by drawing lines as shown.

  3. Draw The Dock Posts

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 3

    Draw the dock posts by making cylindrical shapes on both sides of the dock platform. Create vertical lines on the dock posts to add some texture. Then, make curved lines on the bottom of the dock posts to draw the ripples in the water.

  4. Draw Rocks And Grass

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 4

    Let’s first add rocks by drawing ovals. Next, draw the grass by making pointed shapes as shown.

  5. Add Cattails

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 5

    Add cattails growing near the edge of the lake by first forming the flower head using thin elongated shapes. Then, draw two lines at the bottom of each flower head to form the stalk.

  6. Add A Boat

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 6

    Let’s add a boat on the lake by first making an outline of the boat’s shape. Next, draw horizontal lines on the body of the boat. Then, add curved lines surrounding the boat to draw the ripples in the water.

  7. Draw Landforms

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 7

    Draw landforms on the background by making two long blob shapes. Then, draw lines in the water following the shape of the landforms.

  8. Add Trees

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 8

    Add trees behind the distant landforms by making pointy zigzag shapes as shown.

  9. Complete The Lake Drawing

    How To Draw A Lake: Step 9

    Complete the lake drawing by first coloring the dock and the boat with light brown and orange crayons. Next, color the lake with a blue crayon. After that, fill in the sky with a light blue crayon. Then fill in the grass with a green crayon. Let’s color the land masses and trees in the background with a blue green shade to add some atmospheric perspective to our drawing. Now, color the rocks with a gray crayon. Finally, fill in the flower heads using an orange crayon and the stalks using a green crayon.

How to Draw a Lake 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 Lake. 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!

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