Halloween Special Edition: Let’s paint a chubby pumpkin ghost

I painted a ghost for this week’s learning project. This artwork is also a treat for the grade 2 student who did the correct addition. If you are interested, please watch this slideshow which includes detailed instructions.

Materials? for this work:

  1. Pink oil pastel x1
  2. Violet oil pastel x1
  3. Orange oil pastel x1
  4. Masking tape x1
  5. Sketch paper x1
  6. Painting knives set x1
  7. Lighter x1

My inspiration?:

After watching this painting tutorial on Tiktok, I began to think about making this special edition. Although the artwork in the video seems delicate, it is complex because it requires learners to have some prior knowledge of colour theory. I want to create something easier and more accessible. Therefore, I use the colours purple and orange which are the primary colours of Halloween to lay the background. Then I use the warm colour pink to soften the atmosphere and enrich the colours. The character ghost is chubby because a round shape looks cute and friendly. Moreover, it is easy for beginners to apply colors on the round shape which does not have angles and therefore beginners do not need to worry about painting the colors out of the shape. This artwork exercises our abilities in melting oil pastels and applying them on paper. Thus, this is a good piece for beginners to practice basic skills in oil pastel painting.

How could we connect this piece to the curriculum?

I made a Grade 5 Arts Lesson Plan and use this painting as a learning activity.

By creating this painting, students can know the difference between bold and subtle textures. This painting is in small size and thus it won’t take much time to be done.

How to add slideshow to posts?

I made a video to visualize the process 😉

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4 Responses to Halloween Special Edition: Let’s paint a chubby pumpkin ghost

  1. Kaelynn LePoudre says:

    Hi Yiquan,

    I really appreciate your addition of a slideshow tutorial to this post. The process you described for this art piece sounds like a fun way to develop one’s skill using oil pastels. Furthermore, I appreciate that you connected this art project to the SK curriculum. It is definitely a project I am going to have to try alongside the children I work with.

  2. Marcus Zumstein says:

    Wow! Such a great informational post. I really like the slideshow and the tutorial that goes along with it. What a great teaching tool as well for the classroom. I feel like I could show this to my class and they’d be able to dive in with no help from myself.

    Great looking project!

  3. Deanna Gallipeau says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! I rely on videos to learn how to do new things on social platforms and websites. This is great to keep in mind for students in our classrooms!

  4. Jorden Robitaille says:

    Thanks for showing me how to do the slideshow! super helpful! also the chubby ghost is amazing. keep up the great work!

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