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“Just wait and see, Charlie Brown. I’ll see the Great Pumpkin. I’ll SEE the Great Pumpkin! Just you wait, Charlie Brown. The Great Pumpkin will appear and I’ll be waiting for him…”
― Charles M. Schulz

This week’s Timeout for Art will surely inspire a few of you to purchase a package of modeling clay, a small-to-medium sized pumpkin and start having fun!

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From Little Rock and Monticello Arkansas, I introduce you to three unique pumpkin heads! The following photos illustrate a fun option for creating October mascots!
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My sister Kate and I selected three inexpensive pumpkins then went to the children’s section of a discount store and purchased a package of multiple-colored clays.  We used the dark colors for modeling the basic shape and saved the red and yellow colors for the ‘skin.’

Strips of orange clay were smoothed over the green and red colors.

We mixed red and yellow to make orange and smoothed those colors over the green and red.

Thinking ahead, we allowed room for the white eyeballs.  We also formed and set aside thin strips of orange  for the eyelids.

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Using thick areas of clay allow for more believable contours.  We pressed the indentions for the eyes.

Using thick areas of clay allow for more believable contours. We pressed the indentions for the eyes.

At times we absently scratched through the final color but could easily repair those areas.

At times we absently scratched through the final color but easily repaired those areas.

Placing red on one side of the nose helped emphasize the crooked line!

Placing red on one side of the nose helped emphasize the crooked line!

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First pumpkin- Finished! … Next pumpkin, please?

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True to the nature of siblings, the second pumpkin evolved into a different personality!

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We needed to purchase more clay for the third pumpkin and found a multi pack with many colors. We forgot to photograph the stages, so here’s the finished “Diablito.”

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This one lives in Monticello Arkansas…

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These two stayed behind in Little Rock!

(Which pumpkin is your favorite?!)

For a few dollars, you can have fun with Halloween art; if you don’t have a pumpkin, use an orange or a winter squash or even a coconut!

Ready… Set… Start Sculpting!
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