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How to Draw a Rainbow

Here’s how to draw an easy rainbow, and then fill the foreground and background with lots of pretty flowers and butterflies.

Rainbows actually contain upwards of 1 million colors, but the limitations of our eyes pretty much turn them into seven curved bands that all softly blend from one to the next. For those that are just learning how to draw though, making those bands as even as possible, and then filling them in the right color order, are enough to practice for one lesson.

One of the oldest ways to teach students how to remember “rainbow order”, starting from the top and going down, is the old ROY G BIV trick. R=Red, O=Orange, Y=Yellow, G=Green, B=Blue, I=Indigo, and V=Violet.

STUDENT GALLERY

Rainbow by Samaya Belur, age 4, from Mumbai, India
Rainbow by Khyati, 6 yrs old, from Hyderabad, India

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How to Draw a Rainbow

  1. Draw the horizon line.

  2. Start the rainbow with the top curve.

  3. Add two more evenly spaced curves below.

  4. Add two more evenly spaced curves below.

  5. Finish with two evenly spaced curves below.

  6. Draw background bushes.

  7. Draw flowers in the foreground.

  8. Fill the sky with clouds and butterflies.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

STUDENT SUBMISSION

By Samaya B, 5

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