Turn your usual Jack O Lantern activity into a fun Picass-O Lantern inspired by the famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Make Picasso inspired Halloween art this season at home or in the classroom. An easy way to learn about abstract art for kids of all ages! All you need are watercolors, and our free printable pumpkin template below.
HOW TO MAKE A PICASSO O’LANTERN
Who is Picasso? Pablo Picasso was a famous Spanish artist who is considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. He is well known for being one of the co-founders of cubism.
Cubism refers to art where the subject is broken up into different sections. It is called cubism because the items represented in the artwork look they are made out of cubes, and other geometric shapes.
Check out our Picasso Pumpkins art activity we made from playdough!
THE ORIGINAL JACK O LANTERN
The term ‘jack o lantern’ was believed to have come from Britain, where it was used to describe a man with a lantern or a night watchman. In those days, the British sometimes called men whose names they didn’t know by a common name like Jack. So, an unknown man carrying a lantern was sometimes called “Jack with the lantern” or “Jack of the lantern.”
It is thought the Irish started the tradition by carving out potatoes and turnips, then illuminated them with candles to ward off Jack’s wandering spirit. When Irish immigrants came to America, they brought the practice with them using pumpkins. It became associated with Halloween.
- Pumpkin template
- Googly eyes (optional)
- Glue stick (optional)
STEP 1: Print out the pumpkin template and shapes.
STEP 2: Paint your pumpkin any color you like.
STEP 3: Cut out your Jack O Lantern face shapes.
STEP 4: Use the shapes to make different Jack O Lantern faces. Design as many as you like. Glue on your favorite face and add googly eyes if desired.
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PICASSO JACK O LANTERN ART ACTIVITY FOR KIDS
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