Lesson: Monochromatic Pumpkin Print

Grade Level: 4th Grade

Art Elements: Color, Shape

Art Skills: Drawing, Printmaking, Color Mixing

Making Connections: Seasons

Many others out in the blogoverse have done something with these pumpkin prints. As I began to think of a lesson that I could use with 4th grade and monochromatic colors, I was very bored with some of the shape/pattern designs I had seen in the past. I also know that printmaking is hard to find time for in our tight curriculum, so I decided to pair the pumpkin prints with monochromatic green leaves!! Students mixed to make the tints and shades.  The key to making the pumpkins have value is to roll both yellow and orange ink on the tray and spread half and half. They look even better in person!

Check out some of these images of students as they work through the process:


It’s a double whammy lesson that the students sure enjoy. Plus, the results are pretty jazzy, too!


Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Anonymous

    What material did you use for the pumpkins? I am not sure how you got the pumpkin grooves…

    • We used printing foam to draw and cut out and carve into with a pencil (hence the lines). Then we rolled our ink with a brayer over that foam. Hope it helps!