How To Draw A River: Step 9

How to Draw a River

You can learn how to draw a river by drawing along with this fun drawing guide.

There are 9 easy steps to follow, kids will enjoy making their own river on paper. Also included is a printable version of this river drawing lesson.

Ideal for art teachers and homeschoolers looking to teach kids how to draw a river.

Enjoy learning how to draw a river. Go beyond the lesson…don’t forget to add some creative details. Remember there is a PDF guide at the end of the lesson.


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

In this post, we are going to learn how to draw a river with your drawing materials. Be sure to observe the various sizes and shapes contained in the example drawing of the river. The new lines in each step is drawn in blue so you can observe the current components that you will be working on.

Time Needed: 30 minutes

  1. Draw A Tree Trunk

    How To Draw A River: Step 1

    Form the vertical shape as shown to draw the tree trunk. Add vertical lines to create the texture on the surface of the tree trunk.

  2. Add The Leaves Of The Tree

    How To Draw A River: Step 2

    Add the leaves of the tree by first drawing a bumpy round shape on top of the tree trunk. Don’t forget to draw the leaves attached to the branches as well by making curved lines..

  3. Draw Landforms

    How To Draw A River: Step 3

    Let’s start forming the shape of the river by drawing the landforms surrounding it as shown in the illustration. Then, add some grass by drawing pointed shapes.

  4. Form The Edge Of The River

    How To Draw A River: Step 4

    Let’s form the edge of the river by drawing the lines following the shape of the landforms as shown.

  5. Draw The Background

    How To Draw A River: Step 5

    First, let’s draw the distant landform in the background by making a bumpy line. Next, form the clouds by creating bumpy round shapes.

  6. Add A Pathway

    How To Draw A River: Step 6

    Add a pathway on the grass by drawing wavy lines.

  7. Attach A Bridge

    How To Draw A River: Step 7

    Attach a bridge connecting the pathways by first making an outline of a rectangular box curving downward. Next, add the plank texture by creating repeated lines on the bridge.

  8. Draw The Currents

    How To Draw A River: Step 8

    Draw the river currents by drawing lines that follow the shape of the river.

  9. Complete The River Drawing

    How To Draw A River: Step 9

    Let’s color the river with a blue crayon. Next, use a yellow green crayon to shade the leaves of the tree. Now, use a brown crayon to color the tree trunk and the bridge. Then, color the grass with a green crayon and the distant landform at the background with a darker green crayon. Don’t forget to color the pathway with a light orange crayon and the landmass at the edge of the river with a light brown crayon. Finally, fill in the sky with a light brown crayon and the clouds with a white crayon.

How to Draw a River 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 River. 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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