Halloween Pumpkin Face Art Project for Kids

Sunday, October 22, 2017
3 easy art  techniques for adding color to your jack o lantern drawing.  A fun Halloween art project for kids adding faces to their pumpkins and maybe even reviewing a little coloring mixing.  Need a quick fall art lesson idea?
Are you ready for some ideas to add color to your jack o lantern drawing?  Here are 3 easy techniques for adding color to those pumpkin face drawings.  Using the Pumpkin Drawing Pages from Expressive Monkey turns this into a super fun art activity for a fall weekend or Halloween party.  Throw in a little color mixing and adjectives and you've made some nice curriculum integrations! 



In the first example, I've used some Maped brand Color'Peps Gel Retractable Watercolor Crayons. They are water-soluble so they can be blended with just plain water and a paintbrush.

Crayons

I started with a printable pumpkin outline that you can download for free at the bottom of this post.  I used a black wax crayon (Crayola) to color in the feature after I outline them with a Sharpie marker.  The wax crayon won't smear and also save wear and tear on the Sharpie markers.  You could also color with a yellow crayon to give your jack o lantern a glowing effect.   

Gel Crayons

I outlined the features and went over the pumpkin lines with a red gel crayon (Maped).  This gives students a chance to experience a little primary color mixing.  You could outline the stem with either green or blue.  (Blue over yellow would also give students a chance to mix a secondary color.) Then just have students gently paint over everything with water to blend the colors. 


The next example uses a Roll & Draw page from Expressive Monkey.  This set of drawing pages comes with ideas for silly, goofy, spooky and happy faces.  

Washable Markers
After going over my drawing lines with a Sharpie marker, I colored in the features with a yellow washable marker (Maped brand) and also went over the pumpkin lines with orange and green markers.  Washable markers work well because they will bleed, or get a little fuzzy when they get wet, so they blend in with the paint a little while still giving some more contrast to the art.  It also encourages students to paint all the way to the edges.  

Watercolors 1
The next step is to paint the pumpkins with watercolors.  If you'd like to work in a little writing activity, have students think of an adjective for their pumpkin face.  Expressive Monkey's drawing set comes with a page of adjectives that will get students thinking.  The drawing set also comes with the page shown above that includes the pumpkin outline and label below.  

Colored Markers

If you'd like a super easy way to get started, the "Print & Go" pages from Expressive Monkey's drawing set has a pumpkin outline just waiting for students to add a face.  Students will get some ideas for eyes noses and mouths along the side of the page. 

If this example, I used a Sharpie marker to go over the drawing, then I colored in the feature with a black wax crayon.  I used Maped washable markers to go over the lines of the pumpkin and watercolors to paint the larger area of color.  

The last color step was to color in the frame and background with colored markers.  With the Print & Go page, students can either fold the edges back or cut them off when they are finished. There is room at the top of the page to add an adjective to describe the pumpkin. 


Watercolors

You can get the full set on Teachers pay Teachers or my website store.

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3 easy art  techniques for adding color to your jack o lantern drawing.  A fun Halloween art project for kids adding faces to their pumpkins and maybe even reviewing a little coloring mixing.  Need a quick fall art lesson idea?


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