Painting Basics TRACK: Lesson 5, Rose Paintings


  • Create a painting of 1-3 roses.
  • Investigate the forms and spaces inside the roses.
Rose Painting, Kathy Speranza
Kathy Speranza: Drawing Roses in Pencil & Charcoal


  • To capture the gesture of the rose as if it were a figure.
  • Establish a mood for the painting.
  • (example: a “sad” rose vs. a “perky” rose)

Reference photos

Rose Reference #203
Flickr album: Roses

Recommended media

Any paint medium: watercolorgouacheacryl gouacheoilswater mixable oilsacrylics. We recommend using the same paint medium for the entire track.

Rose Painting, Kathy Speranza
Kathy Speranza: Drawing Roses in Pencil & Charcoal


Kathleen Speranza, Adriaen van Utrecht, Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Vincent van Gogh, Rachel Ruysch, Jan Philips van Thielen, John William Waterhouse.

Rose Drawings in Pencil & Charcoal

See how to draw roses with pencil and charcoal as preparatory drawings for oil paintings. Kathleen Speranza explains her engagement with roses as a figurative subject for her paintings.

Kathleen provides a comprehensive demo on how to set up the lighting and placement of the roses, how to sharpen & prepare pencil/charcoal supplies, and then how to draw a structural drawing in pencil, and a pictorial drawing in charcoal.

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Guest Teaching Artist Kathleen Speranza.

Rose Oil Paintings: Process & Vision

Painting roses can be not just a beautiful painting experience, but also one that communicates emotion and thought. This video is a discussion about Kathleen Speranza’s oil paintings, graphite drawings, and charcoal drawings focused on garden roses. In the discussion,

Kathleen’s inspiration for roses and provide insight into her drawing and painting process. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Art Prof Guest Teaching Artist Kathleen Speranza.

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