Starry Night Pumpkins : Art Lesson Plan – Halloween – Fall – Autumn

Starry Night Pumpkins : Art Lesson Plan - Halloween - Fall - Autumn

This can be used to teach 1st through 8th grades, Homeschoolers.

Includes PDF and 19 pages

An art project which highlights autumn and reveals Vincent Van Gogh’s impressionist paintings is featured here.

Students will use superimposition to create art with squash/pumpkins. Students will colour their projects in the style of the impressionists.

Amazing results can be achieved by using tempera and oil pastels.


  • Grades 1 and above


  • Drawing
  • Painting

Visual Language

  • Cool and warm colors
  • Different kinds of lines : (curved, short, thin, thick)
  • Supremposition
  • Repetition


  • White paper, 11×17 inches
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black wax crayons
  • Oil pastels
  • Tempera paint (hard pucks)
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes

This document includes:

  • This project requires detailed instructions with explanation photos.
  • Criteria for evaluation
  • Four pages of illustrations of squash and pumpkins
  • This sheet will help you to introduce Van Gogh or other impressionist painters.
  • An « artwork appreciation” with suggested answers.

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It has been the absolute favourite art project of my eight-year old daughter this year. I keep getting enticed by her constant requests to create another spring-themed project. She was captivated by the project throughout, despite it being challenging. She cannot overstate the feeling of pride and satisfaction at completing this project. While she lacks confidence with her art, and often gets frustrated when given directed drawings assignments, the sight of the end result kept her inspired throughout this project. She’s gotten so many compliments on her work! We are grateful for your help with this project.

This was the resource I chose over zoom. My children followed the directions and I did everything as instructed. It was a great success. It was a great idea. Although I’m not an artist, the instructions made it simple. This resource is amazing!This is a great resource!


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