Painted Pumpkin Art Project

Painted Pumpkin Art Project




Looking for a quick, theme-based October art lesson for Kinders? This adorable pumpkin art project teaches cutting and pasting skills as well as color mixing. Tina via “Artsy_T Flickr fame” created this lesson that has been enjoyed by many. This is my Kinder classes’ version...

Drawing the Pumpkin

Hand out a sheet of 12″ x 18″ orange construction paper to each child. Using a white oil pastel, draw a basic pumpkin: big oval with lines arcing downwards from stem to bottom.

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Painting the Pumpkin

Set out three tubs of paint (either in plastic containers or in 6-well palettes). Place brushes in containers or set brushes on a tray. Show the kids how to mix the yellow, orange and red tempera paints together on the pumpkin. They can paint however much of the pumpkin as they want.

Cut out the Pumpkin & Add the Funny Face

Once dry, cut out the pumpkin shape. Set aside. Give each student a 4″ x 9″ (approx.) piece of white and one piece (same size) or black construction paper. Fold white paper in half, draw an oval on one side and cut out. Glue eyes to pumpkin. Now draw a large mouth on the black paper and cut out. Glue mouth onto pumpkin. Cut two small circles from black paper and add to oval eyes. Now cut teeth from white paper. Add eyebrows and a nose if you like. Limit instruction as far as facial features go. The less teacher interference, the more fun it is!

Kindergarten Pumpkins!

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  • J.Cooper

    Sadly, this is something I can no longer do. No more Halloween projects. Jack O’Lanterns are right out of the picture. No haunted houses, no bats, no witchs, no ghosts, no spooky anything. Holidays have been taken out of the schools entirely here in CT.

    • The Orchard

      Wow, that is really sad J.Cooper! Halloween art projects are so much fun for kids!


      Thanks for the great idea! I love it!

      • Phyllis

        That has to be illegal not to allow pumpkin art during the harvest season. If I were you, I would contact the ACLJ and ask this question. It’s perfectly absurd.

    • Patty

      This is the first time I’ve done a halloween project…I kind of snuck it in and crossed my fingers. The teachers are usually pretty good to help the students do something else if their religion doesn’t allow teachings of holidays. There are not many of the cases but I usually ask the teacher first.

      • jenn

        I LOVE this project (just did with my little ones here at home) I LOVE this site! I promote you on my FB page all the time. But I have to admit (as an educator and mother of a child who has food allergies) that it really bums me out when some kids have to do something different than the rest of the class due to safety or religious reasons in public schools. I believe in everyone or no one when it comes to stuff like art projects and food served at parties. But moving on … my very large and diverse school district (181 schools) gets around Halloween by calling it Storybook Character Day. Works for me! Thanks again for this great project idea … my little ones have a great time with it!

        • Michelle

          I respectfully have to disagree with you. Children with food allergies or who have different religious beliefs that may dictate that they cannot participate in holiday celebrations are going to have these differences to contend with their whole life. When they are in college, or in the workplace, or on spring break, or backpacking through Europe, or working with the peace corps (ok, maybe they won’t work with the peace corps, but you know what I mean)…they will constantly find that they are in situations where they may be the odd one out. Teaching them that everybody else is expected to accomodate their allergy/belief does them a great dis-service in my opinion. Instead, we should be teaching our children to be more sensitive to those with differences and discussing them openly instead of not at all. If we start creating classrooms and environments that are steralized and watered down because we are so concerned with people feeling left out then all the ABC’s and 123’s on the planet won’t help them become better citizens.

          • jenn

            Thanks for sharing your pov, Michelle. And I do post this reply sincerely, and not with any attitude or disrespect. It’s jus that, as an experienced master teacher, I realize that you can easily swap out specific art and food ideas (for whatever the reason) while still maintaining the integrity of the learning standards. Thus, these accommodations cannot be labeled as contributing to a sterilized or watered down learning environment. When it comes to accommodating others, teaching our students to be good citizens is two-fold: recognize why you need to be sensitive, and then take action to be supportive. Believe me, accommodations at school are not doing my child a dis-service. She has ample practice being the odd one out for all of her extra-curricular activities, at private birthday parties, restaurants, vacations … you name it. Did you know that teens are most at risk for food allergy death because they value fitting in more than being safe? It’s worth noting that my daughter’s previous K teacher has the exact same pov as you for accommodating children with food allergies. She openly disagreed with me. Administration disagreed with me. They said “we treat her differently because she is different”. In the end, the Department of Education/Office of Civil Rights stepped in and agreed with me and my child’s doctor. My daughter was given the safe and inclusive environment that she is entitled to by law. I went on to assist the district in drafting comprehensive allergy management guidelines.


              As a 30 year vet, I’m with Michelle on this one. And, yes, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia. Our curriculum has changed TREMENDOUSLY since I started teaching: not making cute little pumpkins: unheard of! Now, there are no Halloween or other holiday events and projects? And why is that? It is ABSOLUTELY about catering to the lowest common denominator. A severe food allergy is not what I am talking about: that’s a health issue that needs to be addressed; but not to the point that one child’s condition dictates what everyone else can do. Teachers, AND administrators just cave in to dodge the bullet, why? Fear of lawsuits and repercussions as Jenn has demonstrated. That’s why we shy away from things. What happened to common sense? While the rights of the minority need to be protected; let’s not lose sight that public education is for the greater good of the masses!!

    • Kendra

      That’s sad. We can do Halloween art but for whatever reason we cannot do costumes or parades at my school. That was one of my FAVORITE things as a kid. The costume parade and parents would snap pictures.

    • Stephen Avery

      Fight the power! They’ll take away my spooky art lessons over my cold (un)dead body.

      • Patty

        Love it!!!

      • Linzi

        I went from a school that wouldn’t really get into the holidays to a school that gets very competitive between the teachers for costuming on Halloween. Halloween is big time here! Can’t wait to use this lesson! Thanks!

        • Patty

          Yes, this is an extremely fun lesson. I didn’t place the pumpkins on a background, but adding a black paper background makes the project more “finished”.

  • sue

    Those pumpkins are soooooo cute …. I will definitely do these pumpkins. Thanks for sharing this great project.
    🙂 Sue

  • viv

    i am so glad i found you . i am homeschool mum with not much art experience . i would like my kids to enjoy art . when given a project like this one , do you recommend i show my five years old a finish pumpkin , maybe the photos on your site to inspire her , of course i am not expecting copy work but just looking at what oher kids did can be an inspiration .
    looking forward to do more of your lessons with my little one s.

    • Patty

      Hi Viv,
      Generally speaking, I don’t show a finished project to my students. We all start with a blank piece of paper! I suppose the pictures on my site are for the teachers or adults to get an idea of what to expect from the art lesson. Good luck!

      • Annie


        I’m wondering about what you just mentioned, about not showing your kids a finished project. I’ve never considered this, I always just assumed the kids would need to see an example. It has me thinking. Maybe you could tell me more about the pros and cons to this method?