Texture Pumpkins: Free Lesson Plan Download

Level: K-2 Art Education Lesson Plan

Art Elements: Texture

Art Skills: Clay Techniques, Using Texture Tools, Painting

Making Connections: Fall, Literacy

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This lesson was one of my kindergartners’ favorites last year. They loved manipulating the clay and using the texture tools to add all sorts of fun textures to their pumpkins. To make this lesson a success, there’s no need to buy expensive texture stamps. Sticks, shells, buttons or marker caps could all create wonderful textures. To take this lesson a step further for older students, you could have them observe real pumpkins first, or challenge them to divide their pumpkins and create specific, different textures in each section. This lesson could also adapt well to different seasons as you could create textured leaves, snowflakes or flowers.

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5 years ago


  • Charmaine Boggs

    I have a fall favorite for every grade but first, so I love this idea! I don’t teach kindergarten, so I like to start my first graders with a simple slab project. Sometimes we make Christmas ornaments and other years we make Jim Dine inspired Valentine hearts. My third graders make pinch pot jack-o-lanterns (lesson from October 2006 Arts and Activities), so this might be a good year to do both grade levels at the same time! Thanks for another good idea!

    • Ooohh. Jim Dine clay hearts sound so fun!

  • kathleen

    I use Terra Cotta for Pinch pot Pumpkins so we only need a few drops of Green glaze on wet stems.Kinder does the same for textured gingerbread with a little white clay “icing”

    • Great idea, Kathleen! Thanks for sharing!