Patty Palmer of Deep Space Sparkle

How to Draw an Easy Guided Pumpkin

30

Min

You’d think drawing a pumpkin 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.

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

So here’s a quick strategy to get a bumpy, natural looking pumpkin in about 60 seconds:

how to draw a pumpkin

The project requires just a few supplies and is very easy to make. Here’s a video showing you the quick steps:

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

– Connect the two dots with a line.

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

– Repeat on other side.

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

– Keep going until you have a big pumpkin.

– Add a stem.

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?

Download this handy drawing guide before you get started:

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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.
    Thanks!
    Joséfa

    • 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.

  • 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!

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