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How to Draw a Tulip

Learn how to draw a tulip and then turn it into a pretty still life arrangement of stems and leaves. The petals are the perfect place to try some color mixing.

How to Draw a Tulip
Tulip drawing, finished with marker and crayons
Time lapse drawing of Tulip tutorial

Tulips are loved for their bright colors, but they have a background story to them too. Their name originates from the Persian word for turban, as they resemble a turban when in full bloom.

Did you know that the color of tulip blossoms also have symbolic meaning? Purple, not surprisingly, is seen as a symbol of royalty. Pink tulips are connected to happiness, self-confidence and positivity. White are sometimes used as a peace offering, and yellow a sense of achievement.

Every year in January, the city of Amsterdam celebrates National Tulip Day. On this day, tulip growers build a gigantic tulip garden and people are free to pick a bouquet for themselves at no cost. It marks the official opening of tulip season in the Netherlands.

This tulip tutorial will show students how to draw one in full bloom, like the larger flower on the right, and a smaller one that is still growing, like the one on the left. Tulip leaves are also rather distinct in that they are long with a kind of wavy edge. Colors of course, leave all kinds of options. Just be sure to have students press hard with their crayons to get the most vibrant hues possible.

How to Draw a Tulip
A preview of the step by step Tulip Tutorial
Tulip Coloring Page (click image to open)

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Tulip

  1. Draw a wiggly U shape that is tilted a bit.

  2. Add a V shape to make the petals.

  3. Draw the top of the middle petal.

  4. Add more petals and a curved stem.

  5. Start the smaller flower on the left side.

  6. Add more flower petals on the sides.

  7. Draw the large leaves and a bumpy mound.

  8. Add smaller leaves and a ground line.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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