paint a pumpkin
You pretty much can’t lose when you make pumpkins your subject matter for a painting.
The line work alone is perfect for teaching kids how to give their circles dimension, let alone all the shading possibilities.
  • Watercolor paper
  • Bowl, about 6″ diameter for tracing
  • Sharpie marker, black
  • Liquid watercolor paint
  1. The bowl is traced in pencil in the center of the paper, a stem was added (it should be set “into” the pumpkin).
  2. It’s best to make the center vertical line first, and then add the curved ones to the right and left afterwards.
  3. Lastly, to keep the pumpkins from looking like smooth basketballs, the sections were given a bit of a bump between the lines. Not a lot, just a 1/4″ or so. This step is not advised for kinder to 1st graders or so, it’s a bit beyond their perception at that age.
  4. Add a background to the drawing, trace with a black permanent marker.