Pumpkin Swirls

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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

This lesson has been such a hit with our KinderArt Club members, I’ve decided to make it available for everyone!

Create an Autumn-themed mixed media work of art inspired by folk artist Alpha Andrews.

Alpha Andrews’ paintings are detailed and include geometric and repetitive patterns which create a mosaic effect. Her Scarecrow and Rooster mixed media drawing inspired this lesson. 

What You Need:

  • Sulphite or watercolor or other heavy weight drawing paper (9″ x 12″ per student)
  • Black permanent marker (Sharpie)
  • Pan watercolor paints (or tempera cakes)
  • Paintbrushes, water and water containers.
  • OPTIONAL: Use crayons or colored pencils instead of paint.

What You Do:

Using a black permanent marker, start by drawing a border around the outside of a 9″ x 12″ sheet of heavy paper.

Draw a large oval in the center of the page.

On either side of the oval, draw two curved lines.

Continue drawing more curved lines to create the shape of the pumpkin. Then, add a stem.

Draw two small “bumps” beside the stem.

Draw a variety of swirly lines in the background using the marker.

Add color to the pumpkin and stem using watercolors, tempera cakes, crayons, markers or colored pencils.


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