Acorns are a favorite treat for squirrels and other animals. Acorns are also iconic of the autumn season.
What does the word acorn mean? It is derived from a word in the East Germanic language known as Gothic. The word akran meant “fruit of the unenclosed land,” the forest. Over time, the word came to apply only to the most important forest fruit, the acorn.
Did you know? Native Americans, Koreans, and other groups have used acorns to make bread, noodles, a coffee substitute, or jelly. They boiled the nuts to remove bitter toxins called tannins, dried them, and ground them into flour.
Acorns constituted as large a part of the diets of some cultures as corn or wheat does today. Few people eat acorns today, but they are eaten by wild animals such as bears and fed to farm animals such as pigs.
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Acorns also appear in popular culture. They were common in ancient Roman architecture, as well as Celtic and Scandinavian art. They can be seen in ornamentation at Westminster Abbey in London, and represent England’s nationally designated nature trails. They are also used in heraldry and university symbolism.
Would you like to draw a cluster of acorns? This easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial is here to help. All you will need is a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
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Step by Step Instructions for Drawing Acorns
1. Begin by drawing two long, curved lines that are roughly parallel to one another. Notice, though, that the lines are farther apart on one end, and closer together on the other. These lines form the twig to which the acorns are attached.
2. Enclose the wide end of the twig using a short, curved line. Extend a pair of short, parallel lines from the middle of the twig. This is the stem that will connect to the acorn cap.
3. Using two curved lines, draw a crescent moon shape dangling from the stem. This is your acorn cap, or cupule.
4. Use a long, curved line to enclose the shape of the acorn, called the nut or pericarp. Notice that the sides are nearly straight, and the small bulge at the tip, the remains of the oak flower’s style.
5. Use curved lines to enclose a second crescent moon shape, partially hidden by the first. Draw a short line to indicate the stem and connect the cap to the main twig.
6. Use a long, curved line to outline the shape of the acorn. Again, note the protrusion at the tip.
7. Draw three long, curved lines extending upwards from the twig, just above the acorns. These will form the veins of the oak leaves.
8. Outline the lobed oak leaf around each vein, using a long, wavy line for each.
9. Extend short, curved lines outward from each leaf vein, forming secondary veins. Detail the acorn caps with cross-hatching.
Color your acorns and leaves. Acorns are green when they are young, turning brown as autumn approaches. Your leaves could be green or in fall shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown.
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