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Paper Pumpkins

Paper Pumpkins
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by Andrea Mulder-Slater

Here’s a super quick way to make paper pumpkins that look real enough to pick!

[This is a small snippet of a lesson we have inside The KinderArt Club called: Clara Peeters, Paper Still Life.]

What You Need:

*Black construction paper

*Orange construction paper

*Green construction paper

*Pencils

*Chalk pastels (black, brown, white)

*Scissors

*Glue

What You Do:

On orange paper, draw four overlapping ovals, side by side. Remind students that these lines need not be perfect because they won’t be seen once the paper is cut out and flipped.

Draw a line around the edge of the four ovals. This will make a pumpkin shape.

Cut around the outer pencil line and flip the paper. Don’t worry about the stem. That comes later.

Add a dark line of brown chalk pastel to the left side of the pumpkin. Also, draw brown lines in the natural depressions (where the paper dips down).

Use fingers or tissue to smudge the chalk pastel, pressing it into the paper and making the line softer and less harsh.

Highlights can be added with white chalk, again, smearing it with the fingers.

Glue the pumpkin and a paper stem to a black sheet of paper.

Decorate the paper with white crayon stars or swirls, or leave it blank.

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