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Lesson 24: Drawing a Cylinder

Instructions: Practice drawing three-dimensional cylinders. A cylinder is a three-dimensional form with straight sides and a circular cross-section.

Materials: Ruler, drawing paper, drawing implements such as pencils, fine-tipped pens or markers, or charcoal.

Keywords: Cylinder, three-dimensional

Step 1: To draw a cylinder, draw two identical ovals, one lined up above the other with space between them as shown in blue below.
Step 2: Draw vertical lines to connect the outer points of the circles as shown in blue below.
Step 3: Erase the back arc of the lower circle as shown in blue below.
See below a finished solid cylinder.
Step 4: Practice drawing additional cylinders.
Step 5: With a fresh piece of paper, draw anything you wish, but incorporate at least one cylinder into your artwork. Use glue, scissors, colored paper, markers, paint, or anything else you desire to create your artwork.

See below the 1905 promotional postcard 'The Edison Phonograph' by National Phonograph Company. Examine the postcard and find the cylinders. How many cylinders can you find?

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