Our homeschoolers couldn't wait another second to start celebrating Halloween, so we started the month by making these spooky charcoal jack-o-lanterns.
First we toned the paper by lying a piece of charcoal on its side and rubbing over the paper (an leaving a white edge). The we rubbed it down with a soft paper towel.
Then we lightly sketched in the pumpkin shape and added a shadow to one side to help us know where our light source would be. We continued to add shadows to create the illusion of a roundish 3-dimensional pumpkin.
We blended with our fingers as we went along (and wiped our fingers with a semi-damp cloth now and then). Then, using a soft white eraser, we removed charcoal from the upper and light side of the pumpkin.
Next we added a stem and a jack-o-lantern face. And finally, we added a spider web and a big scary spider!
Some of us (including me) chose to add just the faintest bit of soft pastel color to our Jack, as though the light was slowly fading to darkness.
Our thanks to the Art Teacher in LA for this great lesson idea!