Our projects are often inspired by the great artists. Last year, we made leaf and pumpkin pop art inspired by Andy Warhol. We were inspired again this year to mix pumpkins with various famous artist styles. These artist inspired pumpkin crafts are easy, cute, colorful and perfect for this time of year.
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Picasso Inspired Jack-o-lanterns
What you will need:
Cardboard (Thinner cardboard works best for cutting)
Cut a pumpkin shape out of a piece of cardboard. Draw a line in the middle of the pumpkin to divide it into two. The line can be any shape.
You can paint each side in a different shade of orange or in two different colors or you can choose a solid color. It is your choice. Set the pumpkins aside to let them dry.
I chose two different shades of orange. My daughter chose to paint her pumpkin all black.
Draw your jack-o-lantern face and the stem out onto a different piece of cardboard. The fun thing about Picasso faces is that the face doesn’t need to be proportional. The eyes can be two different sizes and shapes and the mouth can be crooked. Have fun with it.
Cut the pieces out. Thinner cardboard will work best for younger ones to cut. You can also choose to peel back some of the layers of cardboard to reveal the corrugations underneath. It add an interesting texture to your project.
Paint your face pieces in different colors and then let it dry.
Cut and glue a strand of yarn to your face. If you painted your face in different shades or colors, follow the line that separates.
My daughter split straight down the middle, so she just tied her yarn around the back.
Glue the face pieces onto the pumpkin. Skew the pieces a bit and give them an abstract look.
Glue on your stem to finish off your project. How cool are these?
Kandinsky Inspired Pumpkin
Kandinsky’s circles are perfect for preschoolers. The simple shapes and bright colors make this a fun and easy craft for small art lovers. All you need for this one is construction paper, a glue stick and a green pipe cleaner. Cut a large pumpkin shape out of a piece of orange construction paper. Choose different shades of construction paper and tear out circle shapes in different sizes. The circles do not have to be perfect. Kandinsky’s weren’t either. Glue the circles on top of the pumpkin shape from largest to smallest. Cut out a stem and glue it on. Curl a pipe cleaner and glue, staple or tape it into place.
Matisse Inspired Pumpkin
This pumpkin craft only requires construction paper and a glue stick. Cut a pumpkin shape out of construction paper and as Matisse would do, paint it with scissors. Glue your Matisse inspired shapes to your pumpkin and then cut out and glue on a stem.
Pointillism is a technique used by a few artists, most notably Georges Seurat. Again, cut out a pumpkin shape, this time use a piece of thicker stock white paper. Cut shapes for the pumpkin face out of cardboard. Place the cardboard pieces on the paper. Hold down one cardboard piece at a time and use a Q-tip to dot a black outline around it. My daughter loves Pointillism art, but it can sometimes get tedious on her little hands. When working on large Pointillism projects, we bundle a handful of Q-tips such as in this fall tree craft . This is a bit of a shortcut for smaller hands. Dip the bundle in a few different shades of orange paint and dot all around the facial features. Let it dry and attach a stem.
For more artist inspiration, check out these artist inspired projects.
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