Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Pumpkin Art Lessons | Color Value and Secondary Colors

An art teacher friend of mine asked me about a couple of lessons I did last year, so I decided to blog a little bit about them.

First of all, the book "The Runaway Pumpkin" is SO cute.  I think any pumpkin book would be great to go along with a pumpkin lesson, but this one is rhythmic, rhyming, and funny.  I only read this with kindergarten, but it's pretty funny for k-3.  

I did the simple pumpkin lesson with kindergarten and the more complex lesson with third grade.  I'll start with third grade...

We touched on color value for this lesson.  We didn't really dive in to color mixing or anything, but we talked about how light and dark colors can show shadow and light.  

The kids chose 2 pastels, one dark and one light, of a similar color.

Using the darker color, they drew the pumpkin, followed by a few background details including a light source [sun or moon].
They colored the side of each pumpkin "bump" that was farthest away from the light source with the darker color.  Then they scribbled in the middle of each bump with the dark color followed by coloring the other side of each bump with the lighter color.
They used the lighter color to blend and then re-outlined the pumpkin.
They added a shadow with a dark ground color. [Some chose to do hay as their ground or dirt, so they used browns instead of greens].
The sky also had to show value [lighter near the light source, getting darker farther away].
And that's that!
The kindergarten lesson is pretty self-explanatory. Using a black crayon we drew the pumpkin [oval plus bumps], zigzag lines for the ground, swirly lines for the wind, and the moon.  We used secondary colors [except for the stem and moon] because this was a secondary color review.  
I hope you found this post helpful!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!


Stacey and Jayson Lavers said...

These are wonderful! Thx for sharing!! Did you use watercolor with the kindergarten and did you have them mix the colors?

Ashley said...

Thanks Stacey! I actually didn't have them mix for this one just to save time. I've had them mix in the past and it usually ends up pretty crazy and takes 2 class periods instead of one. Since it was a review [and we had just mixed colors] we just used tempera cakes. You could extend the lesson and mix the colors though! I just have a limited number of classes so I chose not to mix for this one. :)

joshua54 said...

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