Watercolor Pumpkin

I feel that you pretty much can’t lose when you make pumpkins your subject matter for a painting. The line work alone is perfect for teaching kids how to give their circles dimension, let alone all the shading possibilities.
1. I used my step-by-step diagrams shown on my “How to Draw Thanksgiving Pumpkins” posting. This time though I gave the kids letter size watercolor paper and about a 6" plastic bowl for them to trace to get the starting circle.
2. Once the circle was traced in pencil in the center of the paper, a stem was added (it should be inset a bit from the edge).
3. For the vertical lines, it’s best to make the center one first, and then add the curved ones to the right and left afterwards.
4. Lastly, to keep the pumpkins from looking like smooth basketballs, the sections were curved out a bit between the lines. Not a lot, just a 1/4" or so. This step is not advised for kinder to 1st graders or so, it’s a bit beyond their perception at that age.
5. Add a background to the drawing, trace with a black permanent marker. This art was painted with Dick Blick® Student Watercolor Paints.
Thanks again to the amazing Cassius who is letting me share his pumpkin. P.S. He’s only in 3rd grade!
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