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Uploaded: June 2, 2009
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 4
Updated: June 2, 2009
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Flags symbolize countries and nations and every country has a different colored and designed flag. In fact no two flags from any country are the same. I myself live in the U.S.A, and because of that I will do a simple tutorial on “how to draw an American flag” step by step. The American flag has been a part of the United States for more than two hundred years serving as our symbol of the country’s strength and even unity. The flag serves a purpose as do many flags from different parts of the world, and that purpose gives its natives a sense of pride, and believe it or not but it also inspires millions of people. The creation of the American flag was created when President George Washington was in office. After the Continental Army stopped fighting the British Army, George Washington wanted a Grand Union Flag to be post upon Prospect Hill on January 1, 1776. The unofficial U.S flag had thirteen stripes colored red and white that represented the thirteen colonies. Instead of stars the flag had a blue colored box in the left corner that had a red cross of St. George of England, and then the white cross of St. Andrew of Scotland. In May during the year 1776 a woman named Betsy Ross sewed the very first official American flag. The flag kept the thirteen red and white stripes, but instead of the British cross, the flag bared thirteen white stars on a navy blue colored background. The thirteen stars stood for a new Constellation. During the years 1777 and 1960, the American flag underwent some changes before it got its final look. Congress passed several acts over time that changed the design, shape and position of the stars and stripes that we know our flag to have today. In January of 1794 the stars and stripes went from thirteen to fifteen after the year of 1795 in the month of May. On April 4, 1818 the flag went back to thirteen stripes but this time there where to be one star for each state of the country and this was to be added on July 4th. It was President Taft that ordered the stars to be in six horizontal rows with eight stars in each row and the stars where to be upright. President Eisenhower than ordered the star arrangement to be in seven rows with seven stars in each row and that was done on January 3, 1959. On August 21st of the same year Eisenhower changed the design of the flag again and this time there was to be nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and seven rows of stars staggered vertically. Today the flag is complete and has remained unchanged since 1960. The thirteen horizontal stripes consist of seven red and six white representing thirteen colonies. There are fifty stars that stand for all fifty states of America. Well there you have the history of the American flag and this tutorial will now teach you how to draw the American flag” step by step. Have fun, take your time and color well. Peace out!

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