Drawing Tutorial - Halloween Pumpkin (Ages 5 - 7)

For a time, I taught an after-school art enrichment program for ages 5 -9.  This is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart because schools are feeling the crunch of the economy and one of the programs that are cut first is art and art are generally not an activity that parents want to pay for outside of school.

The age range was a bit challenging and interesting to see the different levels. This drawing will be easy for a 9-year-old, but challenging for ages 5 - 7.  Have fun!

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpie
  • Markers
Did you Know:

There is an artist who is famous for drawing a perfect circle?

Artist Giotto di Bondone (1267 - 1337); was granted a commission for Pope Benedict XI based on one sample of his work.  Giotto took a canvas, dipped his brush in red paint, pinned his arm to his side and drew a perfect circle in one continuous stroke.  He grinned and said to the Pope's messenger 'Here's your drawing.' He got the job.

  • Draw with a very light touch - so light that when you erase, you can't see a mark.
  • The red lines are the part of the new drawing.
  • The dashes are what should be erased.

Step 1:
  • Draw a Circle
Points to Emphasize to kids:
  • The circle doesn't have to be perfect (you can show some lopsided pumpkins); for older kids, challenge them to create a gourd looking pumpkin with bumps.

  • If you want a perfect circle, trace it.

  • If you want to learn how to draw a perfect circle: anchor your pinkie and pencil onto the page, rotate the paper.

Step 2: 
  • Add the segments of the pumpkin.

  • Have the loops go above and below the circle line at the top and bottom of the pumpkin.

  • Erase part of the circle
Points to emphasize to kids:
  • It doesn't have to be perfectly segmented.

  • Notice how the segments follow the lines of the outer circle and get straighter as you look at the straight on. (helps to show a pumpkin and rotate it)

Step 3: 
  • Draw in the face,

  • Draw in the cut line at the top and

  • Draw the stem.
Points to emphasize to kids:
  • For the face/carving, draw whatever you want, it doesn't have to be the triangles and a smiley face.

Step 4: 
  • Continue to add details, like making the carving look 3 dimensional

  • Add the veins of the leaves
Points to emphasize to kids:
  • Show a leaf and the veins and the different way the leaf can lay.  When you start drawing, you think of things as though you are looking at them head on, if you shift it around a bit, it will help them see the different way a leaf can look.

Step 5
  • Finish the leaves
Points to emphasize to kids:
  • Show different leaves (oak, maple etc), they have different shapes.

  • Point out imperfections in the leaves, like a brown spot, or where a bug ate it etc.

Step 6:

  • Sharpie over the lines you want to show.

  • Color it in
Points to emphasize to kids:
  • Not all pumpkins are orange (show some pumpkins that are green, red or white ;) )

  • There can be spots and discoloration.

Grinning Like An Idiot

Grinning Like An Idiot: Create your Happiness. I'm a stay-at-home mom who doesn't 'stay' very well. I like to provide everyone with resources and ideas for crafts, painting and DIY!