How to Draw a Cockle

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Cockle in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Cockle.

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How to Draw a Cockle - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the upper shell in a distorted circular kind of shape.

Step 2: Add a second shell at the bottom. These two shells together should look like a hamburger bun.

Step 3: Draw a thin line to form an opening like a mouth between the two shells.

Step 4: Illustrate curved outlines around the opening on both sides.

Step 5: Fill in the upper shell with many thin lines.

Step 6: Now, fill in the second shell the same way, with many thin lines.

Step 7: Inside of the opening, draw the tongue and you're finished.

Interesting Facts about the Cockle

A Cockle is a very common saltwater clam that is edible. They are found on sandy beaches where their shells are easily identified due to their symmetrical patterns and heart shaped appearance when views from the end. Cockles are capable of jumping with their bendable foot, which the also use for burrowing into the sand.

Did you know?

  • Cockles belong to the Cardiidae family
  • They have three openings – pedal, inhalant, and exhalant
  • The species reaches maturity very quick
  • Diet is mainly plankton that is filtered through the surrounding water
  • Other shells are known as Cockles by they actually belong to different families.

Lesson Plan Idea – Research the other supposed Cockle varieties. Discuss which is the true Cockle and what the other shells actually are and what they should be called. Also find out why there are several simply called “Cockle” and what can be done to change this.

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