How to Draw an African Hut

Written by alice stewart
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How to Draw an African Hut
Traditional African huts are made entirely out of natural materials. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

An African hut, also known as a Zulu hut, is a traditional type of dwelling used to give shelter from the elements. Basic huts are made with a mud-brick base and a wooden frame roof which is covered with thatched grass. An African hut is relatively easy to draw as it only requires a few simple shapes. Once you master the basic shape of an African hut you can decorate the hut's walls with traditional African patterns, colours and murals.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pencil
  • Paper

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  1. 1

    Draw a rectangular shape onto the bottom of a piece of paper. This will form the base of the hut.

  2. 2

    Use the top line of the rectangle to form the bottom edge of a triangle. The triangle will form the roof of the hut.

  3. 3

    Draw a small arched shaped door in the centre of the rectangle.

  4. 4

    Draw several small, straight lines inside of the triangle to create a thatch-like texture on the roof of the hut.

Tips and warnings

  • You can decorate the rest of your picture with background details and people with coloured pencils or paint.
  • If you make a mistake, simply use an eraser to rub-out the pencil mark and start again.

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