Spring Tulip Painting with Free Printable

  • Art & Art History
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 1-3

Using different types of brushes, learn to make your paintings more interesting when completing a finished spring themed design. Skinny brush strokes are great for lettering and wider brush strokes look great for other areas, such as flower petals.


  • Acrylic Paint Jars, 24 Assorted colors
  • Watercolor Paint Palette
  • Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • White Card Stock
  • Craft Glue
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Step 1. Gather your supplies.



Step 2.


Click the “template” button to download and print the template onto the white card stock.


Step 3.


Using the largest brush, start painting in the background of the template picture with the watercolor paint.


Step 4.


Switch to a medium size brush to finish painting the picture.


Step 5.


Start with the smallest brush and outline the word “spring” with the acrylic paint.


Step 6.


Next, pick the brush that has angled bristles. Apply acrylic paint to the brush, and start outlining the edge of the tulip, starting at the top. Turn the brush sideways to get a thin brush stroke, as shown.


Step 7.


Continue outlining the petals of the flower, changing the way you hold the brush to get a variety of brush strokes.


Step 8.


Switch to the Medium round brush to outline the leaves. Apply the paint very thick along the outline, using short vertical brush strokes. This will give the paint some texture around the leaves and create an interesting effect. Let Dry.


Step 9.


Cut out the painting and glue onto a bright piece of construction paper.


Step 10.


Outline the template’s edge in glitter glue for a finished look. After drying, your spring design is ready to display!


Take a trip to the Netherlands! Paint tulips, their national flower, while exploring Rembrandt’s painting techniques!

  • Garden of Europe: Every year people travel to see the blooming tulips in one of the world’s largest flower gardens, Keukenhof. Before your students start painting, gather some creative inspiration by taking a virtual field trip around the gardens. What colors will your student use for their tulip paintings?
  • Brush into Spring: Rembrandt was a famous Dutch artist who used light and dark colors to create the realistic shades in his paintings. Invite the class to explore depth and texture in their paintings by using different paintbrushes. What type of shading can they create?    

Rembrandt tulips are named after the painter because both the flower and the artist come from Leiden! However, Amsterdam is home to the largest collection of his work — take a class trip to the Rembrandt House Museum and the Rijksmuseum to discover more about this master painter and his country!