How to Draw the Colosseum

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Learn how to draw a great looking Colosseum with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions, and video tutorial.

By following the simple steps, you too can easily draw a perfect Colosseum.

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Complete Colosseum drawing
Complete Colosseum drawing

Whether you're doing your history homework or daydreaming about Gladiatorial days gone by, this Colosseum drawing guide will help you travel through time.

The Colosseum or Flavian amphitheater is a giant, ancient theater in the city of Rome. It was built nearly 2,000 years ago.

Much like a stadium today, sporting events were held in the Colosseum. But these were not ordinary sports. Men called gladiators fought each other or battled with animals. At times, it was even filled with water to simulate battles at sea.

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Today, the Colosseum is a popular tourist destination. Along with the Eiffel Tower, it is one of the most iconic landmarks in Europe.

If you liked this cartoon Colosseum outline, check out our other guides to historic sites. You can tour the pyramids of Egypt, sail on a Viking vessel, or solve the mystery of the Titanic.

For more easy and fun guides, see the How to Draw a House with a Swimming Pool or Easy City for Kids Drawing tutorials.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing the Colosseum

How to Draw a Great Looking Colosseum for Kids, Beginners, and Adults - Step 1

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 1

1. Begin the Colosseum outline by drawing a series of rectangles. Notice their sizes - some are narrow, and some are longer than others. Then draw a right triangle alongside the lower rectangle. These shapes form the first of the Colosseum's walls.

Easy Colosseum Drawing - Step 2

2. Continue to build the walls of the cartoon building. Draw curved rectangular shapes, alternating between narrow and wide rectangles. Notice, too, the "L" shaped side of one rectangle, and the parallel lines that give it a three-dimensional appearance.

Easy Colosseum Drawing - Step 3

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 3

3. Begin drawing the windows and columns of the Colosseum. Use "U" shaped lines, connected by a straight line at the bottom. On the top lever, draw parallel lines to give the wall a three-dimensional appearance.

Easy Colosseum Drawing - Step 4

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 4

4. Continue to draw arched windows and square windows. On the lower windows, draw a curved line roughly parallel to one side to give the openings a three-dimensional appearance. Note, too, how the location of the line within the opening shifts as the building curves.

Easy Colosseum Drawing - Step 5

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 5

5. Use overlapping straight lines to begin drawing the next section of the ruins.

Easy Colosseum Drawing - Step 6

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 6

6. Enclose rectangles and irregular shapes to divide the levels and give the wall a three-dimensional appearance. Draw additional arch-shaped openings.

Easy Colosseum Drawing - Step 7

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 7

7. Enclose a large, curved rectangle. Draw horizontal parallel lines across the center, dividing it into two levels. Then, draw many arch-shaped windows across its surface.

Add More Details to Your Colosseum Picture - Step 8

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 8

8. Draw square windows near the top of the wall. Then, use curved lines to give the arches a three-dimensional appearance, and "L" shaped lines to do the same thing for the squares.

Complete the Outline of Your Colosseum Drawing - Step 9

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 9

9. Complete your Colosseum outline by drawing the foreground and background. Use curved lines to draw the roads around the Colosseum, the bushes and trees in the distance, and clouds in the sky.

Color Your Colosseum Drawing

Colosseum step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 11

Color your cartoon of the Roman Colosseum.

For more great building drawing tutorials, see the collection of How to Draw Buildings for Kids.

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