Children can learn how to draw an iris flower by following the photos in this basic lesson.
Follow along with these clear 6 drawing steps. You will learn the basics for drawing an iris flower.
This lesson only takes about 20 minutes and includes a pdf you can easily print or download. The pdf lesson even contains a coloring book page with just the line art. This goes well with crayons or colored pencils. This is useful for very young kids needing extra guidance and simply looking to shade in an iris flower.
Drawing is much more fun when you have a clear lesson to follow. Let’s get drawing!
- Drawing Paper
- Crayon or Colored Pencils
- Black Marker
- How to Draw an Iris Flower Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
In this tutorial, we will start with a new piece of paper and discover how to draw an iris flower in a series of 6 steps. It’s best if we notice the shape and size of each part of the iris flower.
Time Needed: 20 minutes
Draw The First Petal
In the middle of the page, draw a petal shape but with a wavy line so that it has lots of small bumps around the edge.
Draw Two More Petals
On both sides of the first petal shape, draw a curved line to start off the petal shapes. Then use wavy lines again to add bumps to the petal shapes, and have them all come towards the middle.
Draw The Small Petals
In the middle of the flower, draw a rounded triangle shape. On both sides of the flower, draw in two smaller petals using lots of curved lines. Add one final tall petal in the middle of the flower with a few small bumps at the top.
Add The Final Petals
On both sides of the flower, draw two curved lines to start off the final petal shapes. Use wavy lines to create a shape that’s like an upside down teardrop.
Draw The Stem And Leaves
Draw the stem coming from the middle of the flower and add some tall leaves from the bottom of the page.
Iris flowers can be found in any combination of colors, like red, yellow, purple, blue, white, and lots more.
How to Draw an Iris Flower PDF Download
Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw an Iris Flower. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!
Iris Flower Facts
Irises grow best in climates with cool winters. They need the cold to survive long enough for their bloom to return the next year. They will grow in almost any climate but their floral display may vary.
Iris of the “Bearded Iris” type have tall, rather slender stems and the flower stalks may grow up to 4 feet tall. There are other types, but these are most likely the variety you will be encountering.
Irises prefer well-drained soils and are tolerant of dry periods. Because of their bright color, they can attract hummingbirds to their flowers. They don’t usually require watering during their flowering period.
The bearded iris has earned its nickname from the distinctive beard on its flower stalk that looks like a bit of fuzz. The fragrance of the bearded iris is sometimes thought of as a clean soapy type of aroma
The best environment for the iris
The best place for iris is in an area that receives lots of bright sunlight during the growing season. It’s also natural to see some of their roots and shoots slightly above ground. These rhisomes actually like sunning themselves a bit, so don’t mulch over them!
If the irises you are looking for cannot grow in your region, they may not produce an adequate display. I can attest to this. The irises I have growing in full shade have survived fine for over a decade but never produce more than a single flower or two amongst the entire group.