How to Draw a Volcano for Beginners for Kids

By Natalie Chardonnet
Help kids understand volcanoes by having them create drawings.

Volcanoes remind us of the sheer power of the Earth. They have played an important role in the formation of the land, continents and seabeds. Scientists believe that there are about 1,500 active volcanoes on Earth. Drawing a volcano is fairly simple and is a useful way to teach children about volcanoes, geology and science. With a few instructions for beginners, you can have your kids drawing volcanoes in relatively no time while teaching them valuable lessons.

Find a photo of a volcano to use as reference throughout the drawing. Some children may have never seen a volcano before and will therefore need a visual image to connect with while drawing their images.

Draw a triangle with the base at the bottom of the paper. Make the sides of the triangle a little wiggly, because volcanoes are not perfectly smooth. Instead of making the point of the triangle sharp, make it flat. This will be the opening to the volcano and the area where lava escapes.

Draw a steam cloud above the volcano. Do this in the same manner that you would draw a normal cloud; make the edges of the cloud half-circles in shape. Add wavy lines within the steam cloud to emphasize the texture of the steam.

Add lava to the volcano. Draw the lava flow coming out of the top and have it extend to the middle of the volcano. Make lava splatter near the hole at the top by drawing tear drop shapes.

Color your volcano with markers and colored pencils. Use bright red, orange and yellow for the lava. Color the part of the volcano that is not covered in lava dark brown. The steam cloud can be gray or white.

About the Author

Natalie Chardonnet began writing in 2006, specializing in art, history, museums and travel. In 2010, she presented a paper on those subjects at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. Chardonnet has a Bachelor of Arts in art history and a minor in Italian studies from Truman State University, in addition to a certificate in French from Ifalpes University in Chambery, France.