Learn how to draw a flower and focus on all its radial beauty. It’s the perfect time to see what happens when you try shading with two similar colors.
Flowers come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, not to mention colors, so why not try out drawing just one really big that fills your paper for a change? I’m not sure what got Georgia O’Keeffe started painting hers, but the process will certainly help students focus of all those wonderful details, and give them plenty of room to do so too.
This tutorial will walk them through drawing a large flower with one ring of petals, and then a second ring behind. After they are all traced, it’s the perfect time to see what happens if they use two similar colors (the definition of analogous) to fill each petal. It might end up looking shaded, or it might just look like a really cool multi-colored flower. Both are very pretty and fun results!
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Time needed: 35 minutes.
How to Draw a Flower
- Draw a small flower center.
- Add another flower around it.
- Draw four petals a bit off center.
- Start to fill in with more petals.
- Add extra where needed.
- Start filling in the back petals.
- Continue, making each a little different.
- Finish until there are no more gaps.
- Trace with a marker and color.