How to Draw a Stingray

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Stingray in 5 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 Stingray.

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

Step 1: Start by drawing the stingray's body. It looks like a pentagon with the bottom lines curled up. If you're having trouble, think of baseball's home plate upside down. Leave an opening between the curled lines at the bottom for the fins.

Step 2: Now draw the fins at the bottom to connect the two curled lines. The fins look like a lowercase "w" that has been stretched apart.

Step 3: Next, draw the tail beneath the fins. Stingrays have a very long and thin tail with a sharp point at the end. They are called stingrays because some species have venom in their tails.

Step 4: Next, draw the eyes near the top of the body. You can also draw the spiracles above the eyes, which are shaped like crescent moons. Spiracles are openings, like gills, that help stingrays breathe.

Step 5: Last, draw the spots and color your stingray. You can draw as many spots as you want. There are over 60 species of stingrays and some are covered in spots, while some have none. There is even a species of stingray with spots that look just like a leopard's! Activity: Have students color and draw spots on their stingrays. Let them share why they chose certain colors or spots (e.g. bright spots for a tropical environment or dark plain colors to blend in).

Interesting Facts about Stingrays

Stingrays are fish with wide flat bodies made of cartilage, which is the same material that make up your ears. Stingrays have no bones. There are more than 60 species of stingrays. They are related to sharks. Stingrays got their names because of their tail. Their tail has a spine with a very sharp point. Some species have venom in their tails. The spine and the venom are dangerous to humans, although stingrays rarely attack humans.

Did you know?

  • Stingrays live at the bottom of the ocean, in warm climates.
  • Stingrays have two fins that run alongside their bodies. To swim, some species flap their fins the same way birds flap their wings to fly. Other species use their whole bodies to move in a wavy motion.
  • Stingrays usually eat oysters, shrimp, crabs, clams, and mussels.
  • Stingrays can grow up to 6 ? feet.
  • In the wild, stingrays live to be about 15 to 25 years old.
  • Stingrays bury themselves in the sand when they want to hide from predators.

Stingrays use their tails as a form of defense. They whip their tails around when they attack. Some people use the tails of stingrays for the tips of weapons such as daggers.

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