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How to Draw a Sunflower

Learn how to draw a sunflower with this easy step by step tutorial. Their bright yellow colors always look amazing against a bright blue sky.

Sunflower drawing

Learning how to draw a flower doesn’t mean that you have to have just one centered in the middle of the paper, all by its lonesome. That doesn’t make for a very exciting composition.

Take a clue from Van Gogh, who made many lovely arrangements for his famous sunflower paintings. Instead of arranging them in a vase though, encourage students to make their own balanced layout with a simple large, medium and small one. Drawing flowers that peek in from the sides will help create some interesting layouts.

  • 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: 1 hour.

Draw a Sunflower

  1. Start the center of a large flower.

  2. Add a row of petals around it.

  3. Add tips of more petals.

  4. Draw the stem and leaves.

  5. Start center of medium flower.

  6. Add a row of petals around it.

  7. Draw leaf, start small flower.

  8. Add more petals.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

More Flower Projects

Make a Van Gogh Sunflower Mural
How to Draw a Daffodil
How to Draw Flowers
How to Draw Tulips

  1. prcoy

    What? No “introduction to Fibonacci Spirals”. LOL.

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