Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Paintings

My friend Jenna and I at Kristin's Pumpkin Patch in Springfield.

 It's the time of the year for pumpkins! A pumpkin is the perfect subject matter for our first kindergarten painting. This project itself only takes about 15-20 minutes, but there is so much to explain prior that it still takes most of the hour long class. Usually I have enough time to read a fall themed book to my students. This year I read Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins, by Dianne Ochiltree. 

18x24 white paper, tempera paint (orange, red-orange, and green), paint brushes, cups, paint shirts. 

Discuss and demonstrate a basic color wheel of primary colors, how to mix secondary colors, and add them to the color wheel. Discuss and demonstrate basic painting procedures. Using orange paint, demonstrate painting a basic pumpkin (round) shape and filling it in. Once the pumpkin is entirely filled in with orange paint, demonstrate adding ridges (red-orange or yellow orange), and adding a green rectangular stem. Students will put on their paint shirts and paint their own pumpkin.
Jenna demonstrating how to paint the outline of a pumpkin.

Pumpkins on display!
 Hope you enjoyed all the pumpkins!
-Miss Scannura

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