Flow Drawing: How to Draw Santa Claus

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Flow Drawing: How to Draw Santa Claus: We’ve made animals and sea creatures, we’ve been inspired by nature – but we realised that we haven’t yet given you a person-inspired flow drawing guide.

And at this time of year, there’s only one person on all our minds: Santaaaaa! So now children can get festive as they hone their art skills with our Flow Drawing: How to Draw Santa Claus guide.

With our flow draw Santa, children can start to study faces and understand proportions, but also have some fun with it, as they supersize features like Santa’s nose. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the difference between realism and cartoon-style or caricature, and children can start to understand which techniques sit with which styles of art.

Kids of all ages will have so much fun drawing a portrait of Santa, they may well want to draw you next! So break open the mince pies and hot chocolate and enjoy a fabulously festive afternoon of art.

How to Draw Santa Claus:

Flow Drawing: How to Paint Santa Claus - A fun and simple Christmas drawing tutorial for kids to follow. 

Children will learn how to use natural flowing lines to form their favorite Christmas Character - Santa!

Optional printable downloads include a How to Draw Santa Tutorial and a completed Santa Clause template to simple paint.

What is Flow Drawing?

Flow Drawing is a new art technique developed by us to encourage children (and adult beginners too!)​ to understand shapes and create illustrations, in a much ‘freer’ way. By removing restrictions, flow drawing encourages children to fully engage in the moment and discover their natural flow, making every line count and bringing mindfulness to their creative process.

You can think of the flow drawing technique as a ‘how to draw’ guide with a difference – children won’t just draw a picture, they’ll create a Uunique work of art, right from their soul.

Flow Drawing Benefits:

Although the process of flowing more naturally in art might seem a little alien to children at first, it’s really worth encouraging them to have a go. Flow drawing has so many benefits and helps little hands and minds to:

  • Explore simple shapes and how they work together to create larger forms
  • Discover their natural flow and rhythm through repetitive movements
  • Learn how to combine mediums, with a fun and easy approach
  • Build confidence in their own creative ability
  • Combat ‘perfection-seeking’ in art, providing a much needed alternative to rigid ‘how to draw’ guides
  • Bring mindfulness to the creative process and boost mental health
  • Foster a love of art and self-expression.

Flow Drawing: How to Draw Santa Claus


White Cardstock
Black Crayon/Chalk Pastel or Oil Pastel
Acrylic Pens

Download the Flow Drawing: How to Draw Santa Claus Step by Step Tutorial:

The printable download includes a step-by-step flow drawing guide for “How to Draw Santa Claus” and a completed Santa Claus Flow Drawing for children to color – a great option for those who would like to explore painting techniques and application.

The Flow Santa Templates are available to members of the Arty Crafty Kids club. Members will need to log in to access the templates: https://www.artycraftykids.com/product/flow-drawing-and-paint-along-santa-claus/

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Let’s Draw Santa!

Start by drawing Santa's nose in a central position on the cardstock.

Begin with a Large Central Nose

We’re going to start in the middle of the page and work out from there, so begin by drawing a medium-sized circle right in the middle of your sheet of paper. This will be Santa’s nose.

Draw a moustache shape either side of the nose.

Add a Moustache

Santa is known for his beard, so let’s start by giving him a curly moustache.

From the bottom of his nose, sweep out – nearly all the way to the edge of the page – and curl up. Then draw down again and back to the nose, re-joining it towards the top this time.

Then do exactly the same on the other side.

Frame Santa's head with a semi-circle of connected circles from one moustache tip to the other.

Frame Santa’s Head with Circles

Now we’re going to frame the top of Santa’s head by drawing the fluffy edge of his hat.

Start by drawing a circle at the tip of Santa’s curly moustache on the left hand side. Then draw another circle on top of that, and another and another in a semi-circle shape until you reach the tip of his moustache on the right hand side.

Again, starting from the left moustache draw a large overarching semi-circle to create Santa's hat.

More Circular Forms to Create Santa’s Hat

Starting at the first circle again, draw a large sweeping semi circle up to the top of the page and down, past Santa’s moustache on the right hand side. Draw a large circle at the bottom to complete Santa’s hat.

Let's draw Santa's beard by filling the bottom half of the page with a collection of swirls.

Layer Swirls to Form a Beard

Now back to Santa’s bushy beard!

Starting underneath the moustache on the left, draw curls all the way down to the bottom of the page. Then do the same beneath his moustache on the right, and join them together with more curls in the middle, so you have a basic beard outline.

Then fill the space in the middle with curls as well, to create the effect of a full, soft and curly beard.

Complete the How to Draw Santa Claus by adding facial features - eyes, eyebrows and cheeks!

Add Facial Features

Finally, let’s give Santa some features! He definitely needs eyes and a big jolly smile – and what about some perky eyebrows or rosy cheeks?

Let's start painting! Add the bold colors first - red for Santa's hat and coat. Blue for the background.

Paint Bold and Bright!

Now it’s time to paint! Use a dry brush and thick application to create a really bright and bold look for Santa.

Define the facial features by adding black to the mouth and eyes.

Add details, like the eyes and mouth, with a fine brush to give Santa extra personality.

Using an acrylic marker, draw snowflakes onto the blue background.

Draw Snowflakes and Detail with Acrylic Markers

Once your base colors are dry, why not experiment with acrylic marker pens – you could add glistening snowflakes to the sky, or create a fuzzy effect on the trim of Santa’s hat. acrylic marker pens are a great tool to add detail to your artwork and really make your painting pop!

Use a black marker pen to add details.

The ” How to Draw Santa Claus” Tutorial is Complete

Now your jolly Santa portrait is complete! Why not leave it out for the man himself on Christmas Eve, he’s sure to love it!

More Santa Crafts for Kids:

For more creative and fun Santa themed crafts for children this festive season, take a look at these popular crafts!

Oops, Santa’s Stuck in the Chimney:

Our Santa’s Stuck! craft will have kids of all ages – and parents too! – going ho ho ho with laughter, as Santa’s bottom wiggles and jiggles as he struggles to get down the chimney. 


3D Santa Craft:

This series is all about playful creativity, with interactive elements to make the characters pop from the page! 


Handprint Santa Christmas Card:

A charming printable Santa Handprint Craft for kids to make and gift to loved ones this Christmas.

Simply open Santa’s handprint beard to reveal your Arty Crafty Kids festive greeting and photo. A gorgeous keepsake craft that will be treasured for years to come.


Happy Crafting!

Flow Drawing: How to Paint Santa Claus - A fun and simple Christmas drawing tutorial for kids to follow. 

Children will learn how to use natural flowing lines to form their favorite Christmas Character - Santa!

Optional printable downloads include a How to Draw Santa Tutorial and a completed Santa Clause template to simple paint.

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