Digital Pumpkin Art Project
Do you need an engaging Halloween activity that will work for both your virtual and in-person students? This Google Slides art project requires no prep and includes a writing component to tie literacy into art. Your students will feel successful in designing their own digital pumpkin or jack-o-lantern. It’s as simple as copy and paste!
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Overview of Creating a Digital Pumpkin
First, your students will select a background to place all their items onto. Next, they’ll decorate the background with trees, leaves, clouds, and anything else to set the scene. Then, they’ll add a digital pumpkin and make it big. And lastly, they’ll add in eyes, a nose, a mouth, and any costume props they like. Dress up your pumpkin as a queen, pirate, chef, nurse, etc.
This art project a great exercise in teaching about background, middle ground, and foreground. The nature of working in Google Slides to create an image means that students are working in layers. Each layer indicates a sense of depth. So you can tie this art lesson into your discussions about form versus shapes, too!
And, if you’d like to take it a step further, have students take a picture of where they’d place their pumpkin in real life and then have them insert that into the background instead. Use it as an opportunity to teach students about composition and lighting.
These digital pumpkin templates include 172 moveable graphics for your students to decorate their own unique pumpkin or jack-o-lantern. Step-by-step directions are included at the beginning of the Google Slides document to teach students how to flip an image and change the order of images to bring something forward or backward.
The download contains a two-page PDF with directions on how to access the design a pumpkin templates. And this document comes ready to go in Google Drive, so don’t worry about trying to figure out how to import it into your Drive!
I’ve included directions for some basics like copy/pasting, rotating, ordering, and adjusting the size of images.
You Will Receive
- 1 Non-Editable PDF – Basic overview of the art project included.
- Google Drive Access Link – A link to download the virtual carve a digital pumpkin templates located on page 2 and 3 of the PDF.)
- 9 Student Directions Slides – These slides explain how to use some of the basic features of Google Slides including how to copy/paste, rotate, scale up/down, and change the order of objects in a layout.
- 7 Student Useable Background Slides – These include images of basic sky and ground backgrounds. This is where students will place their pumpkin parts onto. Any background slide a student is not using can be deleted once they have selected which one they want to work with..
- 172 Moveable Objects – These items can be copied and pasted into the background slides mentioned above. They will use these items to decorate their pumpkin or jack-o-lantern. (DISCLAIMER: the graphics used in this file may not be used to create commercial resources).
- 2 Writing Prompts – These prompts are designed to work for students in first through fifth grades.
- 4 Teacher Examples – The last four slides of the deck can be used to demonstrate on and show students a completed version of the project. Do not include these when you send a copy of the build a pumpkin project to your students.
- Each template page is designed on 8.5×11″ slides and can be printed if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions for Digital Pumpkin Art Project
- Does this work in Schoology, Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, and Canvas? Yes! Anything created in Google Slides can be shared with students. You’re just using those LMS’s to assign things.
- Do students need their own Google account to use this? Yes, they will need access to Slides to work in Slides, However, you can download the file in PowerPoint and have students use that instead. Keep reading to learn more.
- Can I use these digital pumpkin templates in PowerPoint? Absolutely. Anything made in Google Slides can be downloaded into PowerPoint. First, open the file in Slides. Then, go to FILE >> DOWNLOAD >> MICROSOFT POWERPOINT.
- Can students add their own background to the scene? Yes! This is such a great way to incorporate photography into your lessons. Have students take a picture of where they’d place their pumpkin nad upload it to their Drive. Once in there, they can import it into the slide.
- How do I get the digital pumpkin templates to show up in my school Google account if I accidentally opened it in my personal account? Very easy. First, log out of your personal account. Then, log into your school Google account. Lastly, click on the link in the PDF and it will show up in your Drive.
- Do I need to buy a download for each student? No. But you do need to purchase a license for each adult who will use it in your school.
- I downloaded your PDF, but I can’t figure out where to access the Google Slides document. Very easy! Check the bottom of page 2 and the middle of page 3.
This was such a great activity to do before Halloween even though we are remote learning. The kids LOVED creating their own pumpkin! – Heather O.