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23 Easy Thanksgiving Paintings Anyone Can Do

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so let your children embrace this honored tradition with these easy Thanksgiving paintings!

An important tradition in many countries, Thanksgiving is a festivity that expresses our appreciation and gratitude for fall’s bounties.

Thus, crops such as pumpkins and corn are among the most prominent symbols associated with this holiday. I’ve included these autumn vegetables and other items related to Thanksgiving.

Many of these paintings are easy for children to replicate, while others contain challenges requiring a little more skill and finesse.

Essentials for Thanksgiving Paintings

Make sure you have the proper materials for any painting activity.

Don’t worry if these materials aren’t readily available at home, since below are three essential resources curated for your convenience.

  • Sketchpad for Painting: Any paper will do for a children’s craft, but those who want to take their craft seriously and love having a compilation of paintings in one place should own this sketchpad. This 100-page sketch pad is made of thick and acid-free material, enduring the messiest of amateur and experienced artists alike. See how much your painting skills have progressed once you’ve depleted this entire sketch pad.
  • Watercolor Paint Set: Try out this 48-color watercolor paint set that won’t break your budget. I assume you’re familiar with the basics of mixing primary colors, but you won’t have to worry about that with this set as there are plenty of pre-made colors, such as periwinkle or bubblegum—both of which I’ve just made up but perhaps unsurprisingly exist in this set, given the spectrum of colors.
  • Acrylic Paint Set: I recommend acrylic paint for intermediate artists. It’s much easier to achieve the color you desire with acrylic paint than with watercolor. But this type of paint requires knowledge of basic primary and secondary color combinations.

4 Thanksgiving Turkey Paintings

There’s not a more iconic animal during Thanksgiving than the turkey.

These are drawings of turkeys before they become the succulent main course at Thanksgiving dinner.

Or try making these turkey handprint crafts!

1. Turkey Painting Project

Learn how to paint a turkey with radiating plumes just like the sun through this video tutorial by Createful Kids’ channel.

Speaking of the sun, go on and bask in these sun crafts or space crafts for kids.

2. Watercolor Turkey Craft for Kids

Photo credit: Projects with Kids

I enjoy art techniques that elevate crafts from regular projects to stunning ones. Projects with Kids has got me hooked with their watercolor turkey craft that involves the use of a universal cooking ingredient: salt.

Salt dough crafts — such as these snowmen handprint ornaments and homemade playdough — are a staple art project in many households, precisely because of their ease and availability.

3. Spray Painted Turkey Art

Photo credit: Fun Littles

Fun Littles subverts our preconceptions of art and creates this surprisingly easy and exciting spray-painted turkey art.

For this craft, you’ll need to fill up a spray bottle with watercolor paint and cut up leaf-shaped paper.

4. Leaf Turkey Art

Deep Space Sparkle‘s channel transforms the turkey into a more seasonal animal by substituting fall leaves for its iridescent feathers.

7 Easy Pumpkin Paintings for Thanksgiving

Let’s also show our appreciation for the bountiful harvest of vegetables by making these seven pumpkin paintings.

Create a different type of project with these paper mache pumpkins!

5. Painless Pumpkin Painting

Photo credit: Painted Paper Art

Not all pumpkins are created equally. Some have a smooth and shiny surface, while others are gnarlier than a witch’s nose.

With their assortment of pumpkins, I believe Painted Paper Art is suggesting that it’s okay to express your individual creativity, even if that means making mistakes along the way.

6. Harvest Pumpkin Watercolor Art

Photo credit: Rhythms of Play

Here’s a pumpkin from Rhythms of Play preschoolers will have a blast painting.

Like with some paintings, I recommend fleshing the outline first with a pencil, then proceeding with the painting when satisfied with the initial draft.

7. Pumpkins on a Faux Wood Background Painting

This comprehensive pumpkin painting tutorial by Tracie Kiernan‘s channel is a must-watch.

Note that the faux wood is just a part of the art and is painted on the canvas, and not actual fake wood. That’s how impressive this pumpkin art is!

8. How to Paint a Pumpkin with Watercolors

Take your color shading to the next level with this watercolor pumpkin painting.

Made by Paint with DAVID‘s channel, this video demonstrates how you can paint the pumpkin’s subtle color change as it ripens.

9. Sage Pumpkin Acrylic Painting

If you’ve got a weekend to spare, then try to follow this relaxing video tutorial by Angela Anderson.

Each piece of this pumpkin painting is well-explained. So take a sip from your favorite beverage while you follow this incredible tutorial.

10. Fingerprint Pumpkin Project

Photo credit: Handmade Charlotte

Children can’t miss out on the easiest pumpkin painting project of all time. Handmade Charlotte shows us this painless pumpkin project, which is perfect for the Halloween season but also very engaging for a Thanksgiving activity.

Definitely don’t miss out on these Halloween pumpkin Perler beads!

11. Pour Paint Pumpkins

Photo credit: The DIY Nuts

For an effortless pumpkin painting, here’s The DIY Nuts guide on how to pour paint on pumpkins!

It might seem simple, but I’d say it’s an underappreciated type of art that even toddlers can create.

4 Uncomplicated Corn Paintings

Here’s another prominent crop during Thanksgiving — the Indian corn. There are plenty of variations of Indian corn that can be painted, so this is the part where your little ones’ creativity will shine.

Don’t forget to check out our Indian corn crafts!

12. Watercolor Indian Corn Painting

Photo credit: The Pinterested Parent

Engage your children in a fun activity involving painting little squares representing corn kernels. The Pinterested Parent instructs us to draw a corn shape, then add perpendicular lines that create squares, akin to a multiplication table.

13. Indian Corn Painting

Photo credit: Art Room Britt

Get inspired by this collection of Indian corn paintings by Art Room Britt, who showcases the art of their amazing students.

14. Painting with An Indian Corn Cob

Photo credit: Kitchen Floor Crafts

Kitchen Floor Crafts turns painting on its head by using an ear of Indian corn as a painting medium instead of a paintbrush. See what beautiful chaos your little one can produce with this and several paint colors.

15. How to Paint Realistic Corn

For a detailed and realistic video tutorial of a corn painting, Paint Academy‘s channel has got the proper challenge just for you. What’s interesting about the painting is the number of colors required to complete it — mostly primary colors.

5 Autumn Tree Paintings

The fall season leaves us with a reminder to appreciate the beautiful things in life, like the yellow-reddish tinge of the fall foliage.

Here are seven autumn tree paintings that are fresh and engaging.

16. Handprint Autumn Tree Painting

Photo credit: Arty Crafty Kids

Handprints are easily one of the most absorbing crafts for kids. Combine it with a painting aspect, and your afternoon activity for your children is set!

Instead of a paintbrush, this project makes use of inexpensive cotton swabs.

Similar crafts can be found in this list of pom pom crafts!

17. Easy Tree Painting with Broccoli

Photo credit: One Little Project

One Little Project unleashed their imagination when they came up with the idea of using broccoli as a medium for painting.

At a closer look, broccolis do look like miniature trees after all!

Stay creative by making these food Perler beads!

18. How to Paint a Colorful Autumn Tree

There are as many techniques as there are beautiful trees during autumn. Here’s one brilliant method shared by ART PLAY IDEAS‘s video tutorial.

19. Fall Leaf Salt Painting

Photo credit: Life Over C’s

Preschoolers enjoy exciting art projects. Life Over C’s has just the right activity for them.

This painting project asks the artist to draw a leaf outline and put glue on that contour. The activity proceeds by dipping a paintbrush in watercolor and adding life to the leaf by gently hovering over it with the submerged brush.

See what spectacles you can create by following this list of nature collages!

20. Autumn Tree Acrylic Painting

It’s truly incredible how simple it is to make these stunning autumn projects. Take for example this video tutorial by Correa Art.

The painting starts with adding touches of yellow on the canvas, layering each autumn leaf with a darker shade until satisfied with the product.

It concludes by adding a branch, which forms the final layer.

3 Thanksgiving Paintings of Cornucopia

21. Horn of Plenty Painting

Rough sketches are common in painting. The important thing is that the colors on your paintbrush have a defined space to fill.

Don’t worry about any overlapping paint when following Diane Antone Studio’s Thanksgiving cornucopia painting—you’re making a painting to relax, not to be judged.

22. Smooth Cornucopia

Photo credit: Craftsy

The cornucopia motif is not just a Thanksgiving symbol; this basket of abundance is as old as Zeus in Greek myth.

Back then, the cornucopia could be filled with anything the owner wished. The symbol we’re familiar with now is filled with autumn harvests, like the ones shown on Craftsy.

I highly encourage you to think of other fruits and vegetables!

If you need inspiration, get it from these apple drawings!

23. An Abundance of Bright Colors

Photo credit: Zen Art Supplies

The warm and bright colors of the fall—which are pronounced in this painting—send us off through the winter with hope.

Likewise, Zen Art Supplies, with their cornucopia painting, equips us with techniques and skills that we’ll carry in our journey as artists.

Thanksgiving Paintings To Be Grateful For!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Thanksgiving paintings!

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