Although we like to draw by studying our nature finds, I find it helpful to have the kids watch some “how to draw” videos and tutorials when we approach a new subject. When we are doing a nature study we are helping to train the eye to see shapes, colors, and other details. When we use “how to” drawing lessons we are helping to train the hand and learn a few tricks for creating forms and shading in order to replicate what we see.
Here are a few videos on how to draw mushrooms to get you started.
The first video is a quick and easy way to draw a mushroom. The examples above are the images my kids produced following this video. Practicing it a few times will help you get familiar with the basic form of a mushroom.
This is a long but worth while video that explains some parts of the mushroom as well as gives helpful tips for drawing, coloring, and shading mushrooms. Unfortunately some of the projection images are hard to see but the information is great. You might want to break it up into chunks.
If you would prefer not to use a video, here is a basic step by step cartoon style tutorial.