Sea Shell Drawing: Step 6

Sea Shell Drawing

Need to demonstrate to a youngster how to draw a sea shell drawing?

Included are 6 easy steps to follow, children will enjoy making their own sea shell on paper. Also included is a downloadable version of this sea shell drawing lesson.

Ideal for art teachers and homeschoolers looking to instruct kids how to draw a sea shell.

Trying to learn to draw is much more fun when you have a fun & easy lesson to reference. Enjoy!


  • Pencil
  • Drawing Paper
  • Crayon or Colored Pencils
  • Black Marker
  • Sea Shell Drawing Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
Sea Shell Drawing: All Steps

In this step by step lesson, we will learn how to draw a sea shell drawing on paper. To ensure the artwork is successful, we will consider the various sizes and shapes of each part of the sea shell. The new lines in each step is made of blue so you can observe the most recent shapes that you should be working on.

Time Needed: 20 minutes

  1. Start The First Shell

    Sea Shell Drawing: Step 1

    On the bottom left of the page, start off the first shell with a rounded triangle shape with two small bumps on the bottom. Draw the curve on top lightly because it will be used as a guide for the next step and will be erased afterwards.

  2. Draw The Ridges On The Shell

    Sea Shell Drawing: Step 2

    Using the curve on top of the shell as a guideline, draw small bumps on top of the shell, and erase the curved line when finished. Connect the bumps of the shell to the bottom with lines.

  3. Start The Second Shell

    Sea Shell Drawing: Step 3

    Using curved lines, create the base shape of the second shell.

  4. Finish The Second Shell

    Sea Shell Drawing: Step 4

    Use two large curved lines to start bringing the second shell to a point. Add a small rounded triangle on top to make it into a point.

  5. Draw The Third Shell

    Sea Shell Drawing: Step 5

    The third shell can be made with a spiral, but instead of going on forever it connects to itself after a certain point.

  6. Color It In

    Sea Shell Drawing: Step 6

    Shells are usually found in colors like brown and white, but can also be found in some shades of pink as well.

Sea Shell Drawing PDF Download

Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for Sea Shell Drawing. 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!

Seashells by the Sea Shore

Sea shells are the sturdy homes of marine gastropods which means they belong to a class of mollusks that use a type of foot for movement. Their shells are often found on beaches around the world.

Every seashell is unique in different ways. They are like fingerprints and it is impossible for two shells to have the same markings. They can tell us when the sea creatures were alive, how old they are, where they live and what kinds of things they ate!

Different seashells have different shapes and sizes. The most common ones found are a cone, spiral, bubble or an oval shape. Sea shells can be simple or they can be elaborately decorated with patterns that tell a story about the life of its inhabitant.

Have you ever collected seashells while on the beach?

Sea shell collecting is also popular. Humans and sea shells have had a long relationship. Sea shells are an important part of many coastal cultures. They are used as decoration and in art.

The shells also have practical applications such as serving as homes for hermit crabs and other little creatures that borrow these sturdy and beautiful shells for shelter.

Pretty Little Seashells

What are Seashells?

Seashells are made by what we call mollusks, and are usually their homes until a different animal comes to live in it once they’ve moved out. Different kinds of animals use these colorful shells as both protection from other marine life and as homes to live in.

assorted shells

Where Do They Come From?

Seashells are most commonly made by mollusks. Mollusks are usually snails, clams, oysters, and other sea creatures that need hard protection. These seashells end up on our beaches once a mollusk has moved out and no longer has use for their shells.


Different Kinds of Seashells

There are hundreds of different types of seashells that wash up on beaches. We’ll be going over some of the prettier and more commonly found seashells by the beach.

beach shells

Conch Shells

These shells are commonly spiral and pointy at the end and are usually some of the prettiest shells you will come across on a beach. .

conch shell on the shore.jpeg

Cowrie Shells

This type of shell is commonly found in warm waters with sea snails living in them. Cowrie shells were once used as a type of money to buy and trade products with. These shells are commonly used as pieces for jewelry due to their beautiful colors and patterns found on its glossy surface.

cowrie shells.jpeg

Bivalve Shells

These shells are the most common type of shell found on the planet. Bivalve shells can be found at either the deepest depths of the ocean or the shallowest of streams. They have wonderful, varying patterns and colors but all have two shells that hinge open and close.   Clams, muscles and oysters are an example of a bivalve seashell along with cockle shells pictured below.

bivalvia shells

Fun Facts About Seashells

Seashells can sometimes be thousands of years old, and the animals who used to live in them have already moved on to more suitable seashells.

fossilized shell.jpeg

Seashells can also be home to hermit crabs who use this as protection– once a hermit crab grows, they look for a bigger seashell to move into.

hermit crab

When you’re out and about on the beach or a family vacation by the sea, try collecting pretty little seashells and you might find one as a perfect souvenir for your visit to the shoreline!

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