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Easy How to Draw a Pumpkin Tutorial and Pumpkin Coloring Pages

Learning how to draw a pumpkin gets easy when you start with a step by step tutorial. Using both orange and yellow crayons will create an instant 3D look.

How to Draw a Pumpkin

Learn how to draw a pumpkin with an easy step by step tutorial.

Pumpkins have it all when it comes to fun and easy art projects. The ridges of the pumpkin help show off their dimension so they don’t look like flat circles, and the bright orange color is so festive to look at.

This sample shows that you don’t need fancy art supplies when it comes to coloring your pumpkin. I used Prang® crayons, pressed really hard to get the most pigment, and used yellow to get the color of the reflected light. Some crayons seem to blend a little better than others, and I’ve found the Prang brand to be good for that.

Getting Started with Drawing Guides

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, both in the horizontal and vertical direction. 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, the first oval for the pumpkin needs to centered on both the vertical and horizontal lines. It’s important to draw that shape big and in the middle so that the pumpkin can fill the paper.

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, so 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 fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, 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.

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Learn how to draw a pumpkin with an easy step by step tutorial.

Here’s a new option for busy teachers and parents. You can now easily download this drawing as a coloring page with the red button below. Just click to open it as a PDF, and save it to your desktop. You’ll have a free coloring page that you can print as often as you want, for whatever kind of project you want. Use it for younger students that want in on the coloring fun, or as a full size visual aid for those that are following the drawing tutorial. For many more fun things to color, please see my COLORING PAGE GALLERY It’s never been easier to see and download so many all in one place!

Pumpkin Coloring Page

pumpkin coloring page

Materials for How to Draw a Pumpkin

  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • 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 for How to Draw a Step by Step Pumpkin

Time needed: 45 minutes.

Draw a Pumpkin in 9 Easy Steps

  1. Draw a center oval.

  2. Add a curved shape on the right.

  3. Draw a curved shape on the left.

  4. Add a curved shape on the right.

  5. Draw a curved shape on the left.

  6. Place a stem on the top.

  7. Draw a vine with leaves and a horizon line.

  8. Trace with a marker or pen. Color with yellow and light green crayons.

  9. Fill in with orange, dark green and a sky color.

How to Draw Three Pumpkins

Learn how to draw pumpkins with an easy to use step by step tutorial. The overlapping shapes give them lots of dimension.

If you’d like to learn how to draw pumpkins that look more dimensional, then this lesson a large and medium and small, all leaning in various directions, is a great place to start.

This tutorial will show students how to draw the pumpkin circles and radiating lines coming from the stem, but then add little “bumps” to each section to make them stand out some more.

The great news is that those that find the bumpy step tricky, can simply skip it and go to the tracing and color. The radiating lines alone create most of the dimensional look all by themselves.

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Learn how to draw pumpkins with an easy to use step by step tutorial. The overlapping shapes give them lots of dimension.

How to Draw Pumpkins Coloring Page

Pumpkin Coloring Page with three overlapping pumpkins. Come visit for your free download.

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Positive / Negative Pumpkin

Collage art projects can teach valuable lessons about positive and negative shapes and still make some very cool Halloween art.

A positive-negative pumpkin collage that teaches a lesson in symmetry.

This positive / negative pumpkin project requires students to flip and glue down their cut out shapes to mirror the other side. You can’t get more literal than that as a definition of symmetry.

IMPORTANT TIP: The pumpkin mouth, eye and mouth shapes need to be cut out as ONE piece, as they are going to be used for the other side. Cutting things out in small pieces will create a puzzle that can maybe be put back together in a pinch, but can be a pain.

Note: The best way to cut out the eye is to just make a slit from the side and then cut out the triangle. When the paper is glued down, the slit will barely show.

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Diagram of how to make a positive - negative pumpkin.

Materials for a Positive / Negative Pumpkin

  • Black card stock or construction paper
  • Orange card stock or construction paper, cut to 5.5″ x 8.5″ panels
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker (for variation project)
  • Silver metallic marker (for variation project)

Tips for your Positive / Negative Pumpkin Project

The steps to making this pumpkin are pretty basic, but it really helps to try to explain it in clear, basic steps. You can see how I diagrammed all the steps on my front board in a photo below.

One cool tip to share is that there will be no waste when they are done. Everything that is going to be cut out is going to be used!

Paper Variations

If your older students can do the initial cutting and gluing without a lot of struggle, try continuing the positive / negative theme a bit further and have them add details on either side with black marker, and a silver metallic marker (which will look pretty white without the expense of a white paint marker.)

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More Fall Drawing Projects

How to Draw Leaves
Draw a Bat
Draw a Stacked Pumpkin
Draw a Fall Grid
How to Draw Corn
Draw a Halloween Pumpkin
Draw a Cat in a Pumpkin
How to Draw Halloween Things
How to Draw a Scarecrow Face
Draw a Bushel of Apples

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