I have my students carve pumpkins. If they clean out the guts at home (and bring in the seeds as I will toast them for the class) and bring in the pumpkin you don't have to use knives. The students can use sgraffito pens and poke holes and "pop" out their shapes. They have to create an original pattern first on paper. Then tape the paper to the pumkin. Use the sgraffitio pen to poke holes and "voila"! I have had great success with this and the students love it. I then do a display in my room for the lower grades to come in and parade through the lit pumpkins with Halloween music playing.
It's just a different way to explore negative vs. positive space and problem solve how to have positive areas in the middle (and not fall out).
Check out the Url www.pumpkinmasters.com
They have great ideas and instructions for the students to look at for inspiration.
Becky in NC
PS. Don't keep the pumpkins for longer than a few days unrefrigerated....they really can stink!
From: artappeal [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wed 9/18/2002 6:04 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: A R T C L U B .... ~need ideas, please~
I asked the same question to this list not too long ago. The advice I
received is: Paint with primer, sand lightly, paint with acrylic or latex,
seal with spray on , or painted on clear acrylic (I think, my notes are at
I'll let you know how it works when we do it in October.
On the subject of pumpkins, permanent markers can be used on clean, dry
pumpkins. I believe acrylic works, too. Has anyone tried tempera with a
spray acrylic sealer?
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From: "LeAnn Escoffre" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 4:36 PM
Subject: RE: A R T C L U B .... ~need ideas, please~
> Just wondering what kind of paint would be good to paint the cans with and
> is a sealer necessary. Also my principle is bringing in pumpkins for my
> classes to paint. Any suggestions for paint etc?