2010-09-29 / Front Page

PUMPKIN PAINTING

The next best thing to carving ’em
By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

Blacksburg High School students Nolan Wilson, Jordan Brown and Toni White collaborated Tuesday on two pumpkins based on the classic video game Pac-Man. Wilson painted Pac-Man while Brown and White (the two pictured here) crafted the monsters. This is one of 170 pumpkins decorated by the school's art students for Food Lion in a community Halloween project. (Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL) Blacksburg High School students Nolan Wilson, Jordan Brown and Toni White collaborated Tuesday on two pumpkins based on the classic video game Pac-Man. Wilson painted Pac-Man while Brown and White (the two pictured here) crafted the monsters. This is one of 170 pumpkins decorated by the school's art students for Food Lion in a community Halloween project. (Ledger photo / SCOTT POWELL) Three Blacksburg High students were playing their own version of Pac-Man Fever with a pumpkin art project Tuesday as the countdown to Halloween begins.

Although the calendar still shows September, more than 170 pumpkins are on every available table this week inside the art room of teacher Christina Thompson. The pumpkins were delivered by Food Lion last week for students to decorate.

Nolan Wilson painted a Pac-Man eating yellow dots. His pumpkin was positioned just right so it looked like the green and red monsters painted on pumpkins by Jordan Brown and Toni White were headed to end the game.

This was an example of the students’ creativity visible around the art room.

Blacksburg High student Sierra Messer used glue and cotton balls to create a pumpkin panda bear while another student had painted “Pennywise,” the villainous clown from Stephen King’s “It.” There were werewolves, the Scooby-Doo mystery gang and pumpkins inspired by the recent “Twilight” vampire series.

“The students really enjoy painting the pumpkins. A lot of their ideas for the pumpkins were based on cartoon characters and scary movies,” Thompson said. “One of my students, Logan Phillips, went over to the Dollar Tree and bought a pig chew toy for pumpkin she plans to turn into Miss Piggy.”

Prizes will be awarded to students for the best entries.

Food Lion will pick up the completed pumpkins and sell them as part of a Halloween promotion. A portion of the proceeds from the pumpkin sale will be donated back to Blacksburg High School to help purchase additional supplies.

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