One thing I've noticed about art, if you have a less then enthusiastic child you can pull out your art supplies and start working on something yourself and more than likely they will soon be at your side wanting to get involved. That's what happened with todays project. I received the instructions through an e-newsletter from Miller Pads and Paper. With their permission, I am re-printing the instructions for you . Don't be put off by the long list, its quite easy to do and NOT messy! After the instructions is a photo of my 6 year olds' finished project.
Night Falls on My Pumpkin Patch
instructions provided by Miller Pads & Paper
Black Construction Paper
Orange, Green, Brown & White Pastels or Crayons.
This is a simple but beautiful art project. I prefer pastels for this project, but other mediums will be fine. Each student needs one sheet of black construction paper. If they have never drawn a pumpkin have them practice on white paper with a regular pencil. Once they feel good about their pumpkins they can do their final pumpkin on the black construction paper.
1. Draw a horizon line across the paper in green. This will separate the night sky from the pumpkin patch. Draw your main or closest pumpkin in the center near the bottom of the paper. This pumpkin should be your largest pumpkin, so it will appear the closest.
2. Now draw several other pumpkins, getting smaller in size as they get closer to the horizon line and outside edges of the paper.
3. Next fill in the pumpkins with orange.
4. Draw a moon up at the top of your page. It can be a crescent or full moon. You could also add stars in your sky. Perhaps youd like to add a tree with an owl sitting in its branches, on the outer edge of the picture. For the tree you will need light brown for the trunk and branches and Owl.
On each of your pumpkins, use a white pastel to create light shining on the side of the pumpkin facing the moon.
5. Now connect each pumpkin to a vine. Draw the vines in green and add leaves. The vines can be created with thick lines of green. The lines can be wavy, corkscrews at times!
6. Use your own imagination and add other details you might see in the fall from your pumpkin patch. After you finish this picture you might want to experiment, and draw another pastel picture, they beautiful and fun!
7. To finish off your picture, take an aerosol hair spray (inexpensive brand is great).
Hold the can approx. 12″ away from the picture and spray the picture, waving the spray back and forth to cover the drawing. Let it dry for 20 minutes or so. Now make a Orange or Green Frame for your picture. Or you can purchase a nice frame for it. Hang it for all to admire this fall! Be sure to put your name and date in the bottom corner.
**** Because this is a pastel picture, you dont need as much detail as you would in a pencil drawing. Use your white pastel to create highlighting. Go out in the evening when the moon is out and notice how the light from the moon shines and reflects off the objects around you. This will help you to know where to highlight your own picture.
Sorry, my photography is not the greatest but you get the idea. I think DS6 enjoyed this because it was a neat effect on the black construction paper. We used oil pastels. Look closely in the top left corner to see a little owl in the tree! Be sure to let me know if someone at your house makes one and especially if you post a photo of it so I can stop by your blog and take a look!
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