How to Draw a Castle in the Style of Mary Blair




Drawing castles in the style of Mary Blair is such a fun and exciting activity for kids, especially after reading the book, “Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair”! With so many design ideas to choose from, the castle drawing game provides a great lesson for art classes. Your students can use blank pages, the grid page, or other quick-start pages to create their fantasy castles in a modern style with patterns, doors, windows, domes, clock faces, and the sun. There are even pages they can color for added fun! Create a learning environment that encourages creativity to help your students design their perfect castles and get inspired by the works of Mary Blair.

Drawing pages allow your students to practice following directionsfine motor skillsproblem-solvingcreative thinking, and much more. The best part? It requires no prep on your end!

Be sure to check out the collaborative version of this lesson to create a large castle mural and the money-saving bundle of both!



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Your students will:

  • OPTIONAL: Read a book about Mary Blair (not included) **
  • See an illustration of Mary Blair
  • Test out a color palette
  • Explore media/color  combinations
  • Design a castle, clock face, and sun
  • Add color using their color and media choices


What You Get:

  • Teacher Instructions (8 pages)
  • Student Instructions (1 page)
  • Color Exploration Pages (2 pages)
  • Castle Drawing Ideas (4 pages)
  • Dome Drawing Ideas (3 pages)
  • Sun Drawing Ideas (3 pages)
  • Clock Face Drawing Ideas (3 pages)
  • Blank Castle – Quick Start (3 pages)
  • Grid Paper (1 page)
  • Print & Go (1 page)
  • Coloring Pages (3 pages)
  • Mary Blair Portrait (2 pages)

>>>>> A total of  34 pages


** I recommend buying or borrowing The book, Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire” to use as an introduction to this lesson.




Students loved learning about Mary Blair for Women’s Month and the connection to Walt Disney World. Students were engaged and made some really wonderful art

~ Miss Red Apple



This resource came with a lot of ideas on how to do the artwork. There was a lot of pages to ensure that each child’s artwork was unique. 

It was easy to implement and my child actually sat down and used his watercolors to make it appear like Mary Blair’s.

There is so many different variations that I could use this same resource multiple different ways and still come out with something different each time.

~ Mouse Ears and Coffee Beans



My students loved using this resource to inspire them when making their own Mary Blair-esque castle. I introduced the lesson with a picture book about her life then a short video as to why she was an integral part to adding the modern movement of art to Walt Disney animation and to the iconic It’s A Small World attraction! The kids loved it!

~ Pamela T.


Bring fun, hands-on activities to your students to help build drawing and art concepts!



Easily download this PDF with a link that is automatically emailed to you immediately after your purchase and you can begin drawing right away!



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