How to Draw a Sea Star

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Sea Star 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 Sea Star.

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How to Draw a Sea Star - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw one arm first. Think of a flower pedal, or a flame, that starts curved and comes to a narrow point.

Step 2: Then the second arm, which will be just like the first but turned at an angle.

Step 3: Then draw the third arm, just like the other two, but facing away from the second.

Step 4: Draw the fourth and fifth arms, which are easier to draw together. Try using a boomerang shape and keep all the ends of the arms even in the center.

Step 5: Add the lines below the arms. These will show a small bit of the body below the top that we can see. We will only be able to see some of the four arms facing us, but not the top.

Interesting Facts about the Sea star

Sea stars, also commonly known as starfish, are a type of echinoderm that can be found living all around in the world’s oceans. The common name of starfish is trying to be replaced to sea star by marine scientists because the sea star is not actually a fish, like the name starfish implies. These creatures are more closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars

Did you know?

  • There are around 2,000 different types of sea stars, the 5 leg species being the most common but sea stars are able to have 10, 20 or even 40 arms
  • Sea stars don’t have any brains or blood in their bodies, the closest thing that these creatures have to blood is sea water that has been filtered and have their nervous system throughout their whole bodies
  • Sea stars are amazing not only because of their striking colors that are for camouflage or scaring off predators, but also because they are able to regrow any lost limbs, or even possibly their entire bodies!
  • Sea stars are able to eat by using tiny suction cupped tubed feet by prying open clams and oysters then having their sack-like stomach come out from their mouth and slide inside of the shell, eating the prey inside the shell