Starlight Pumpkin Art Lesson




These beautiful, glowing pumpkins have a lot going on: drawing from observations and sequence, primary color mixing, adding highlights, cutting and pasting skills and composition. I have a very strong group of Kinders this year and they did exceptionally well following this multi-step pumpkin art project.Round up your kids and create these beautiful starlight pumpkins after your trip to the pumpkin patch. Kids learn how to mix paint, add highlights and practice their cutting & pasting skills.

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Here’s what we did….

Using a black oil pastel and a white sheet of 12″ x 18″ sulphite (76 lb drawing) paper, children looked at a pumpkin and observed the shape, segments and lines of a pumpkin.

They started by drawing an oval in the middle of the paper and then adding big belly lines on both sides of the oval.

They drew a stem and shaped it so it just didn’t look like a rectangle. They did very well!

Finally, a few leaves were scattered along the perimeter of the paper with the understanding that they would be cut out later along with the pumpkin.

Using a tray of 3 colors: red, yellow and blue, the children painted the center of their pumpkin yellow.

Without cleaning their brush, they scooped up some red paint and applied the paint over the yellow. They mixed the paint together to create orange.

They repeated the steps until the pumpkin was filled with various shades of orange, red and yellow. They cleaned their brush and painted a leaf yellow, then applied the same technique by dipping their paintbrush in the blue paint and mixing on top of the yellow leaf to create a green leaf.

They did not paint their stems, but if you have time, the children can mix all the paints together to create brown. I didn’t have time for this step.

The next class, the children added highlights to their pumpkins.

Using a white chalk pastel, they added small crescent shaped lines along one side of the pumpkin. Oh, how they loved this step!

Use brown and green chalk to finish coloring any left-over leaves and stems.

Using the same white chalk, place a black piece of paper on the tables. Show how to create stars and a glowing moon.

We used our fingers to make the moon smudgy and soft. Glue the pumpkin to the black background paper.

Cut out the leaves and glue beside and over the pumpkin. Use a green chalk pastel to create vines.

There are always a few little ones who don’t quite follow these steps exactly…but who cares, right? There are many standards in this lesson that they can be rewarded for!

I love these beautiful pumpkin art collages. Have you done a pumpkin art project yet this year?

Round up your kids and create these beautiful starlight pumpkins after your trip to the pumpkin patch. Kids learn how to mix paint, add highlights and practice their cutting & pasting skills.

What do you think?

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  • Janis

    That’s a fun idea! I love Fall art projects.

  • Elizabeth - Dream Painters

    Beautiful – I love how the finished pumpkins are all completely different 🙂 Second from the top right is just gorgeous!!

    • Patty

      Thanks Elizabeth…some kids just blow me away.

  • Tammy

    I can totally see trying this out with my first graders. (We don’t have an art teacher.) Thanks!

  • Christie

    I love having little ones mix their colors right on the paper. These are terrific!!

  • Laura

    Simply Gorgeous!!

  • Ruthanne

    Oh my gosh!! I saw this post this morning and immediately changed my art plan for the day. I teach kids with emotional disorders who hate trying new things. They loved these and they came out SO beautiful!!!
    Thank you!

    • Patty

      So good to hear! I wonder what it was they they liked about it so much….was it the mixing?

      • Ruthanne

        Patty: I’m not sure what it was they liked but they all loved it. I think part of it was breaking down how to draw the pumpkin using an oval and then the bubbles on the side. Once they saw that it wasn’t hard to do, they were all in! We used the same idea of mixing the paint right on the paper to make farm landscapes this week. Those turned out very cute also. 🙂 Thanks for all the great ideas. My students have a hard time in the regular ed art class for several reasons so it’s nice to have real art lessons to do with them in the classroom.

  • Mrs.C

    I LOVE these! Saw the post on Thursday after school and couldn’t wait to try it out with 1st grade! Thanks for a great post! 🙂