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How to Draw an Apple

How to Draw an Apple – A Mindful Drawing Activity

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How to Draw an Apple

If you’d like to learn how to draw an apple, look no further! Drawing has been known to have many benefits for kids including providing them with a creative outlet, self-expression, and a form of relaxation. While some children might be discouraged by the process of drawing, I’ve found that providing them with a drawing guide can greatly improve their confidence and result in drawings that they are proud of. 

Our seven step drawing guide will show you how to draw a deliciously beautiful apple! This  tutorial is perfect for children and can be used, for example, when discussing the season of Autumn. This drawing guide can also be used to teach your students how to draw a still life, it can be used as a mindfulness activity, or it  can complement your healthy eating lessons. 

The versatility of this apple drawing tutorial is vast! I’m confident that you will be able to find a purpose for it at home or in the classroom. 

I’ve included all of the steps from this drawing tutorial in one printable guide, so you and your children can follow along at your own pace. Simply scroll down to access your free copy! 

Related: How to Draw a Pumpkin 

Related: How to Draw a Simple Butterfly

How to Draw an Apple

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Mindfulness Art Activity

Want to add a mindful twist to this drawing tutorial? Here are 3 fun ways to enrich this activity.

1. Visit an apple orchard with your students and have them observe their surroundings using the 5 senses. Afterwards, as a drawing prompt, you can have them reflect on what they observed through their senses before beginning the drawing activity.

2. If you aren’t able to visit an apple orchard, no problem! You can create a mindful moment by observing and tasting real apples before beginning this drawing activity. Mindful Schools has a sample script that they use when teaching mindful eating to children. Here is a simple script you can refer to:

  • Have your students start by observing the apple/apple slice. What do they notice visually?
  • Ask them to smell the apple carefully. What do they notice?
  • If applicable, do they notice any sounds?
  • What do they feel with their fingers? Is it warm or cold? Is it smooth, rough, or sticky?
  • Have them put a piece of apple in their mouth or take a bite. Ask them to just leave it on their tongue and notice how it feels in their mouth. What activity do they notice in their mouth?
  • Get them to start chewing it, very slowly, just one bite at a time. Ask them to notice how the tastes change as they chew.
  • Get them to notice when they swallow, and see how far they can feel the apple in their body.

Mindful eating is a great exercise for practicing patience. Some children might have the first few bites very quickly 🙂 that’s okay! See if you can encourage them to make their next bite more mindful. It might take a few tries but it’s worth the effort.

This mindful eating script can be used with any food and can be used to enrich many activities.

Check out this beautiful story below about mindful eating! Your kids will love it.

No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully is a fun way to introduce mindful eating to kids. On an otherwise ordinary day, Elliot discovers something extraordinary: the power of mindfulness. When he asks his neighbor Carmen for a snack, he’s at first disappointed when she hands him an apple – he wanted candy! But when encouraged to carefully and attentively look, feel, smell, taste, and even listen to the apple, Elliot discovers that this apple is not ordinary at all.

3. Another way to add mindfulness to this drawing activity is to add zentangles. Zentangles are known to induce relaxation and reduce anxiety levels in both children and adults. Adding simple beginner zentangles to your apples can be a calming activity that also produces beautiful results. To explore more about the amazing benefits of zentangles, or to learn how to draw simple zentangles, check out these blog posts:

Drawing an apple can be easier than it looks, once the process is broken down. Just follow our simple steps below!

How to Draw an Apple Tutorial


  1. Pencil
  2. Eraser
  3. Paper
  4. Coloring materials such as markers, pencil crayons, pastels etc.

Step 1 - Draw 2 Overlapping Ovals

We’re going to start by observing the core shapes of the apple. An apple can be broken down into 2 overlapping ovals. Using a pencil, lightly sketch 2 overlapping ovals, which will become the basic shape of your apple. While drawing, have your students focus on the sound of the pencil on the paper or the feel of the pencil in their hand. Try to include as many sensations as possible.

Overlapping ovals- drawing apple

Step 2 - Draw the Outline

Using your ovals as a guideline, lightly draw a simple outline of your apple. Erase the ovals you drew in step 1.

Outline of an apple

Step 3 - Draw the stem

How to Draw an Apple

Step 4 - Add a Highlight

If you’d like your apple to have a glossy look, you might want to add a small highlight to indicate that light is reflecting off of it.

Apple with Highlight

Step 5 - Add another highlight

How to Draw an Apple

Step 6 - Add a Shadow

Drawing highlights and shadows will give your apple a 3D feel when it’s complete.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 7 - Draw a Leaf

Adding a leaf is a simple detail that can make your apple stand out. But you can also add other details if you’re feeling creative. You can add multiple leaves, several apples, different types of fruits, a worm coming out of it. There are many options that your children or students can experiment with to make their apple drawings unique.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 8 - Color Your Apple

Using a color media of your choice, color in your apple! Pay close attention to the highlights and shadows that you drew in the previous steps. If you’re coloring your apple red, the highlights should be a lighter shade of red, compared to the shade you used for the majority of your apple. The shadow should be a darker shade of red. You can encourage your students to make their apples interesting and special. They can color it yellow, red, green or rainbow.

How to Draw an Apple

Step 9(Optional) - Zentangle

As an extension, you can add zentangles to your apple! We used several zentangle patterns from our printable to complete ours. If you’d like to learn how to create these zentangle patterns, you can watch our YouTube video, which will show you how.

Zentangle Apple

Apple Drawing Guide

When you download a free printable copy of our apple drawing guide, I’ll also send you a copy of our 15 zentangle patterns, so you can experiment with zentangling too. Just click HERE or on the images below, to download both printables.

Final Thoughts

Drawing can sometimes be an intimidating process for kids, so hopefully, this how to draw an apple drawing guide will make the experience even more fun and enjoyable. 

If you’re looking for more activities designed to encourage mindfulness and spark creativity, check out the printable resources in my shop!

If you try this drawing tutorial, please let me know! I’d love to add your creations to our gallery, so upload your photos or send them directly to me at: [email protected] Thank you!

Don’t forget to download our FREE 15 page Mindfulness coloring book to help add a few mindful moments to your child’s day. Just click here or the image below!


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