There are many “How to Draw a Pumpkin” tutorials out there. This is my take on what I would share with older students, namely third through fifth graders. They should be able to appreciate how the built in vertical lines can make the pumpkin look more like a sphere, instead of a flat circle. They start with three round overlapping shapes, then add the inner lines. The different angles of each pumpkin make for good practice of each point of view.
• View and download Pumpkin Tutorial
• Drawing paper
• Oil pastels (Portfolio is my favorite brand for blending)
1. Draw or print the center guide lines on the paper. By breaking the page into four sections, they really help students draw more accurately.
2. Students follow the diagram to draw a large, medium and small pumpkin in pencil.
3. The drawing is traced with a black pastel.
4. The pumpkins are colored in with an orange pastel. For more dimension, try using a golden yellow in the middle of the sections to look like a highlight.