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Week 1
We had no pumpkins this week as the crops are running late due to a wet start to summer.  We will have to wait till next week.
Week 2
No pictures this week.  We had lecture on the carving technique with practice on our first pumpkins.  Class was too hectic to allow for picture taking.  We'll do better next week!  Promise!
Week 3
Since our practice pumpkins were such good pumpkins, we decided to make them our first *real* pumpkins to carve as well.  Therefore, last week, I told the kids to do all of their practice on the backs of the pumpkins.  This week we drew and began carving our first of two pumpkins.  I forewarned the kids that if they went with too simple a design that they would finish too early and be bored.  Sure enough... but more on that next week. 
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Waiting for the kids, I have laid out the tools for our carving adventure.  Scissors, tape, pens, razor knives and wood chisels. Oh, yeah, and the obligatory cup of coffee too! 
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Some kids are still drawing while some have begun carving already.
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Carving well under way!
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This young lady was in my last couple of pumpkin classes and she knows how boring it can be if you go too quickly.  She also knows how much better your final work will look if you take your time.
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New to this form of carving, she has a very good grasp of the technique
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Everyone is hard at work.  Note the position of the non-carving hands as they hold the pumpkin.  They are instructed to keep their hands away from the path of the carving tool.
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For removing large areas, we offer a selection of wood chisels.  This boy is carving a duplicate of the Halloween mask he made.
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LEGO seemed to be a popular theme.  These kids quickly learned that letters can be the most difficult things to carve!
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A sports related pumpkin.  The kids quickly picked up on the fact that your pumpkin need NOT be Halloween themed.
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Working out doors in the bright sun is a wonderful change from the classroom.
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Basic carving shapes and themes allow the student to focus on technique and learning the tools first.
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After drawing her teddy bear on the pumpkin, carving can now begin.
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As the kids were wrapping up, I decided to begin a carving of my own.
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Having finished his carving, this young man decided to add more artwork to his pumpkin!
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The bear is coming out great.  Taking her time, she is doing a wonderful job.
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Another LEGO pumpkin!  Next week we complete our carving and we will gut and light these first pumpkins.
Week 4
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With little carving left to do on these pumpkins, the kids finished up quickly and we all posed for a pumpkin picture!
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Inside, we lit them all up!
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Here are close-ups of the pumpkins.
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These are hard to get good pictures of, that's for sure!
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I was very pleased with how well the kids did and I think they were shocked at the effect and how well they all looked.
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From simple to complex, the kids displayed the full spectrum
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Without question, the best pumpkin of the class (but then, this was her 2nd time taking this class, so :) )
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A brighter picture of a couple of the pumpkins
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This is the pumpkin that I did to show the technique.
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Here the kids relax with their pumpkins after the lighting
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Some times, too relaxed... LOL
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Having finished early, we went back out to the concourse to relax till the end of the hour
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Paper airplanes and kick ball were the toys of choice
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Yep, these kids KNOW how to relax!
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Posing pretty for the camera
Week 5
This week we begin our final pumpkin!  Taking what we have learned while doing our first pumpkin, we expect even better results this time.
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The kids selected their pumpkins and began transferring their design onto the pumpkin.  This week is planning and drawing only.  We won't cut these till next week
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You can see the extra effort the kids put into this second pumpkin after actually SEEING the effect with their first pumpkin
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A pair of skulls, the perfect Halloween topic
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Hard to see the red ink, but this is a story pumpkin with images going all the way around it, telling a story.
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A scary pumpkin face, perfect!
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"October" never looked so good!
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An interesting design for a pumpkin
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Easier to see in its original form.  I will be most interested in seeing this carved and lit.
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I couldn't resist taking a picture of this from the classroom.  The preamble to the US Constitution, in automobile license plates...
Week 6
This is our last official week of carving.  We will have about 45 min next week for any last minute carving that needs to be done, but most of next week will be spent gutting, lighting and admiring our pumpkins
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Working hard on an elaborate skull design
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A similar skull design being done here, but in a TOTALLY different way, as will become clear shortly
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Some working in groups, while others chose to work in solitude
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Connor had some additional drawing to do before he could begin carving.
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An interesting flag design perfectly executed. 
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After carving, we apply a thin film of Vaseline to help protect the pumpkin
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Here's that other skull pumpkin.  Here you can see where the entire pumpkin is being skinned, leaving just the skull.
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Working closely on some fine details
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Some times the hardest thing to decide is what to remove and what to keep
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Pumpkin done, time to relax!
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Having missed last week, she had to wait for a pumpkin, but we got one in time for her to carve a simple but fun pumpkin!
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And here they are with their final pumpkins, ready for gutting (well, most of them anyway! )
Week 7
The cool weather has kept our pumpkins healthy during the week.  This is our last day.  Some are finished, some have a bit of carving left to do and some haven't even started to carve, so it's going to be a busy day!
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At least SOMEBODY has some bright ideas! LOL
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Having missed the last 2 weeks, this young lady has a lot of catching up to do
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Nearly done gutting the pumpkin, we get ready to add lights.
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Everyone was in a good mood today!
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Nearly done carving
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Every pumpkin is now carved, gutted and lit.  Here they are!  We have a dragon and a skull
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A flag and a pumpkin head
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A skull and the month of October with bats
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Scary face and a story pumpkin of a dungeon.
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Another shot of the dungeon and pumpkins on a pumpkin!
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The proud pumpkin carvers pose with their creations.  Jobs well done!  I am proud of each and every one.

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