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How to Draw Plants

Learning how to draw plants that include their root system can also make a bright and colorful springtime painting.

How to Draw Plants
Watercolor resist painting of plants in a jar

Here’s a fun painting project that can help integrate more art with your plant studies. And if you use a few aids (like a jar template to trace) to get started, you’ll find that students as young as kinders can use this idea to make a really pretty work of art.

This project was always a teacher favorite back when I was in the classroom, but there are three things that I would consider vital to making it work with a room full of kinders … or even 5th graders. One, use watercolor paper so the paint colors look their brightest. Two, have a chipboard jar template ready for tracing so everyone gets off to a quick start. Three, use liquid watercolor paint so students can just concentrate on painting, and not mixing the right amount of water with the paint.

Please be advised though, that it’s best for you to test your crayon and paint combo first before you hand it out to a roomful of students. I’ve found recently that some brands of watercolor will actually just sit on top of and cover up the crayon, and not leave a nice white line. It’s rather disappointing to get to the final paint stage and not have that work. Especially if you are only 6 years old, and it’s one of your first paintings.

How to Draw Plants
Preview of the step-by-step instructions for plants in a jar painting


Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw Plants

  1. Trace a terrarium template onto watercolor paper.

  2. Draw the lid, ground and a center flower.

  3. Add two more flowers, one on either side.

  4. Trace the jar and flowers with crayon. Fill in the flowers.

  5. FIRMLY draw white roots below each flower.

  6. Paint the dirt brown.

  7. Paint the air blue, and the lid any color.

  8. Paint the background any color you choose.

How to Draw Plants

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