Art Inspiration: Pastel Pumpkin Patches


  Within my practicum I did a lesson plan in Art, instructing the student in 3 dimensional shapes, using shading and smudging to get the effect. The lesson was to create pumpkins in a patch with the illusion of a bright spot to create depth and a light source. We used pastels to get the right look for the activity.

  First we drew the outline of the pumpkin shapes with red pastels and coloured a thin amount of red on the inside to the outline. Then they coloured orange on the inside leaving a small spot where they coloured it yellow. They had to really press hard to get the right colour and it helps with the next stage, smudging. They took some toilet paper and in a circular motion smudged the red, orange and yellow to get the look of depth and a highlight on the pumpkin surface. After the smudging they would take a green pastel and create a stem and contour lines to make the pumpkin more realistic. They would then add vines, sky and the surrounding field with shadows.

  The results were amazing.


One Response to Art Inspiration: Pastel Pumpkin Patches

  1. Mama Cormier says:

    Looks like a project that I’ve done with my grade 3s.

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