Roses in Watercolor Pencil

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If you ask a classroom full of sixth graders if they can draw a rose, most will emphatically say, “No!” But with a little help from one of the available websites on drawing, anyone can draw a rose. The website ” Drawing Step ” is an easy to follow lesson on “How to Draw a Rose.”


  • “How to Draw a Rose” sheets (one set per student)
  • White watercolor paper 6″ x 9″
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Greeting card pictures of roses
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Paint brushes
  • Water containers
  • Paper towels


  1. Distribute the “How to Draw a Rose” sheets and explain the step by step procedure for drawing a rose.
  2. On the watercolor paper, lightly (like a whisper) draw a rose. Be sure to use the length and width of the paper.
  3. Color the roses, stems and leaves with watercolor pencils. Use a greeting card as a color and shading guide. Notice how other colors are sometimes used for shading purposes.
  4. Using a brush and water—dip the brush in the water, blot it off on the paper towel, and lightly pounce the brush on the colored areas. Rinse out the brush when changing colors.
  5. Optional: With one color of the watercolor pencils, make starburst lines out from the roses, staying about an inch away from the roses. With an almost dry brush, brush outward on the lines you just drew.

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