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Easy How to Draw a Jack-o-Lantern Tutorial and Jack-o-Lantern Coloring Page

Learn how to draw a Jack-o-Lantern with this easy step by step tutorial. Draw the eyes angled down for an extra scary look.

Jack-o-Lantern Drawing

A drawing of a Jack-o-Lantern, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.

A fun Jack-o-Lantern drawing needn’t be complicated, but can certainly be more than a flat looking circle too.

All it takes to make a pumpkin look a little more dimensional is to place the stem inside a bit and add about 3 curved lines radiating out from it. Suddenly your pumpkin looks more like a ball than a circle. If your students are learning about the Elements of Art, this is a good example of how a few lines can make a flat circle Shape look like it has Form.

Getting Started with Drawing Guides

The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.

For instance, as seen in Step 1 below, this sketch starts with large circle that fills up more than the bottom half of the paper. It’s easy to do when students can see where that middle guide line falls.

When students get their drawing off to a good start, there’s a better chance of them feeling successful by the time they are done. Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper. Having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.

So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big line down the center of their paper before they start? No, that will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. Instead, they simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.

And now, on to the pumpkin drawing project.

Use the Button below to Download a PDF Tutorial

A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy Jack-o-Lantern, also available as a free download.

Jack-O-Lantern Coloring Page

Jack-o-Lantern Coloring page, available as a free download.

Materials to Draw a Jack-o-Lantern

  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.

Directions to Draw a Jack-o-Lantern

Time needed: 30 minutes.

How to Draw a Jack-o-Lantern step by step

  1. Draw a large apple like shape.

  2. Add a stem near the top.

  3. Erase line and add curves.

  4. Add another curve line.

  5. Draw the left eye.

  6. Draw the right eye.

  7. Add a mouth with teeth.

  8. Draw grass and background sky.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

More Halloween Projects

Draw a Halloween Cat
Draw an Easy Pumpkin

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    I love this it is very cool after you draw it. I am putting sticky notes all around my house for Halloween and the jack o’ lantern stands out!

    -Dragon Lover

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