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Halloween Art Project - A Spooky Painting!

Halloween art project

This Halloween art project is great for school kids or adults! The background resembles a sunset and it is very easily created.

Making the sunset gives you a chance to practice blending colors of paint. Then, using black paint, a scary scene is painted on the sunset. This is where students can really use their imagination. It gives them practice drawing the outlines of shapes and choosing what elements to add to the scene.

Here I show how to make a tree, haunted house, and a tombstone.

Try making bats, witches, cemeteries, fences, jack-o-lanterns, etc. to make your own spooky scene!


Materials Needed:

  • Large piece of painting paper
  • Large and small paintbrush (large is for the sunset, the small one is for making the scene)
  • Red paint (acrylic, tempera, or watercolors all work well)
  • Orange paint (acrylic, tempera, or watercolors all work well)
  • Yellow paint (acrylic, tempera, or watercolors all work well)
  • Black paint (acrylic or tempera recommended)
  • Water

Instructions for this Halloween Art Project

1. Making the sunset background is actually very easy. My four year old is shown here and she did quite well with a little help. Begin with a nice large paintbrush, like the type you would use to paint trim in your house. Load it up well with red paint, and then paint a wide strip along the top of the paper as shown.

Halloween art project

2. Right below the red strip, paint a wide orange strip. You can slightly overlap the colors.

Halloween art project

3. Last, paint a wide yellow strip at the bottom. The paper should now all be covered.


Halloween art project

4. Clean off the brush well with water, and leave the brush a little wet. Go back over and swipe the brush across where the two colors meet, to help them blend.


Halloween art project

5. Allow this paper to dry very well, preferably overnight.

6. Now it is time to use your imagination. Turn the paper upside down so the red area is at the bottom. Paint a black wavy line about one inch thick along edge of the paper, in the red section. This is the ground of the Halloween scene.



Halloween art project

8. Continue to add branches to the two shown by branching smaller ones out from it, and then smaller ones from those. Use the photos as guides.

Halloween art project
Halloween art project

Need more ideas? Try making a bunch of jack-o-lanterns piled up, a black cat on a fence, a spooky cemetery scene, or a witch on a broom with bats flying around her. Have fun and use your imagination!


Halloween art project




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