How to Draw an Easy Guided Pumpkin



You’d think drawing pumpkins is easy.

Not so!

After watching my students scribble oddly shaped circles onto paper, only to have them not like it, crumple it up and throw it away got me thinking that there must be a better way to draw a pumpkin.

Turns out that the easiest ways to draw a pumpkin is with a simple line and dot technique.

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The project requires just a few supplies and is very easy to make.

Here’s a video showing you the quick steps:

The quick strategy to get a bumpy, natural looking pumpkin in about 60 seconds:

Step 1. On a yellow, orange or white paper, draw a dot on the top and bottom of the paper near the center.

Step 2. Then, connect the two dots with a line.

Step 3. Place crayon or pastel on the top dot again but this time draw a line to the bottom dot with a curved line.

Step 4. Repeat on other side.

Step 5. Place pastel on dot again and draw a larger curved line extending out towards the side of the paper. Repeat on other side.

Step 6. Keep going until you have a big pumpkin.

Step 7. Add a stem.

how to draw a pumpkin

To add color, there are many options:

– use chalk pastels to add layers of warm colors

– color with crayons or oil pastels

– use red, yellow and white tempera paint to mix into orange.

What’s your favorite color option?

If you create this lesson in your art room, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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  • Sherie Frank

    Great idea!

  • Anne

    Great way to draw a pumpkin!

  • nancy

    Love your packets. i am a retired teacher that occasionally teaches art in former colleague’s classrooms and when I run out of ideas this is my go to. Wonderful simply stated lessons. I just taught the “Folk Art Trees” to a fifth grade class. The children did a wonderful job. Thank you for making all this available for all teachers.

  • Renee Fortino

    I love this site and have used projects over and over . Looking forward to seeing some fall ones. 🙂

  • rhonda.brown

    My art docent taught the direct draw pumpkin two years ago with my kindergarteners. They came out so good. I’m going to do it again with my current class. I watched your video and love the tips. Thank you!

    • Patty

      Thank you so much Rhonda!

  • Joséfa Villafana

    Wow. This is going to minimize the stress level of some of my students and up the accomplishment factor.

    • Patty

      Oh yes…it needs to be fun. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  • Sam

    Love the idea.

  • Kathy Naas

    Brilliant, Fun, Easy, Creative!

  • angie

    Love how easy it is, but how realistic it looks.

  • Laurel

    I love this package that you’re offering. I’m teaching online and it’s perfect for my kids at this time. I usually give my class a line art activity and the pumpkin is the perfect thing to draw near Thanksgiving or in the month of October.

    I really appreciate this! The kids are going to be so excited to this.

  • maire

    Grate, good to use in lesson. Thanks!

  • Judy

    Very helpful. Thanks! I am currently assisting 3 children in their home with incoming ZOOM classes, plus teaching materials arriving weekly from school. Organizing this can be a challenge! Art is a great stress reliever & gives the children a sense of accomplishment. I really appreciate these ideas & tips to keep these active boys engaged & interested during this strange “new normal.” Winter will be a whole new dimension, with many totally indoor days.

    • Kathleen

      I am a sparkler and love this technique to get a pumpkin looking product. Kids will love their results too.

  • Kim

    Love this!

  • Kim

    Love this!

  • Sandi

    Wow! Thank you – sooo easy. This would be great for my Grade 1 and 2 Classes.

  • terrik

    great way to draw a pumpkin, easy and kooks atristic. love it with pastels for more variation of color.

  • amy olsen

    great idea

  • Mitzi

    Great lessons for students of all ages!

  • Linda

    Love it…you make it look very easy and super beautiful!

  • Sarah Diwan

    Thanks! Easy way to get parents and PreK or evening toddler kids to work together!

  • JM McRann

    Thank you for a wonderful idea!

  • Karen

    Love it!

  • Jaci

    Once again, sharing your site and these projects with friends and family.

    Hope all is well.

  • Rebecca Grice

    Would like a demonstration on using chalk

    • Bethany

      Hi Rebecca. I will pass on the request. I think using chalk is such fun, and kids love it, but it can be messy. The best part about chalk is that they require little prep: just place the trays on each table.

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  • marycatherine.adams

    I love this! I have always done a pumpkin project with my Kinders and would love to have these printables. Can you send to me? Please.

  • Becky

    I love the pumpkin project. You make everything seem simpler .

  • Sarah

    great fall activity!

  • Alejandra

    Thank you so much for these resources that are so helpful!

  • Tami

    Looks Great

  • Tami

    This looks great!

  • Joseph.A.Vasquez

    I love this site usually drawing is super hard but this site is helpful I like drawing

  • Andi Crouch

    Great ideas for fall with minimal supplies needed. Step by step directions are also great to leave for a sub.

  • Chris

    I love this project! I am a new elementary school art teacher I’ll be on your site a lot for some great projects

  • Kim todd

    Thank u for the simple directed lesson! How fun!

  • Sylvia

    Just what I needed.

  • Tara

    I am a speech-language pathologist and I used this technique to create a speech therapy activity with a group of first grade students who were working on using the L sound in words. We attached a sheet of light colored paper as a back page so that they could glue in their practice words as ‘seeds’, lift the beautifully drawn and colored pumpkin cover and find their words to practice at home. They LOVED it! So did I! I have next to zero art skills, but your video and pictured examples gave me a new confidence and sparked a lot of happiness and creativity with my students this morning!

  • robert

    Great !!…i’m 78 and a granddad from Belgium. Love to do this with my grandchildren. So pure…so simple, thanks !

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