Inspired by the fact that Frieze art fair is on this month, I thought it would be cool to funk those orange balls up a little. To move away from the jagged teeth and witchy-witch theme and launch into a more POP style of pumpkin. The kids are too young to carve anyway - unless you want to head to A&E - and by painting them, you can actually get them involved.
Once you get the paints out you can go totally bonkers on your pumpkin balls. We got stuck into a Damien Hirst and a Jim Lambie variation, then had a total scream (for real, as we were scared they were going to land on our heads) attempting to recreate John Baldessari's Throwing three balls in the air to make a straight line with some smaller pumpkins (see below). That one comes with a health and safety warning! Pumpkin on head is probably not such a great idea, unless you're going for the Herman Munster look this year. The great thing about painting your pumpkin is the options are endless. You can even wash it off if the kids are not happy with it and start over again. Next year, I think we might try a Rothko, Albers and Kusama...
What you need:
- A pumpkin, or several
- Some thick all-purpose kids paint
Top tip: Shades of brown are of course a way forward too, but if your kids want bright poppy colours, show them how to rinse the paintbrush properly and how to wipe it clean before switching to another colour.
Top quote: “No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." The Autumnal, John Donne.