Here are some Oil Pastel creations done by 4th and 5th grade students from Observation. I purchased several of those really large artificial pumpkins on clearance several years ago. They have naturally aged and gotten slightly dirty creating different colors making them great for an observation work. Students were task with drawing a pumpkin as it looked and not stylized with a rectangle stem sticking on the top of a circle. We talked about the texture of the pumpkin and how it was not truly smooth but had irregularities that we wanted to make apparent in our work. Using oil pastels in analogous colors, students them added color and dimension to their drawing. I'm really pleased at the variety of the completed projects and how each of them hints at the 3D element of the pumpkin. They were allow to finish them as they chose which is evident in the many different backgrounds.