Leaf: A Pastels Tutorial

This lesson is ablaze with fall colors!
We just couldn’t help it. The leaves are just glorious and we had to make a pastel version of the outdoor oranges. And would you believe? Pink?

This tutorial is short enough to finish in five minutes. Even two-year-old Lil’ Buddy joined in for a few swipes. Nana drew the first three steps on the chalkboard.

And the remaining steps on a regular, printer piece of paper. The three colors needed are brown, yellow and a pinkish-orange. Really any orange of your liking will do.

You may need to help younger ones with the outline, just to get started.

And you may want to just let others explore on their own :)

Some may get ahead and finish quickly.

Using your finger is better than your fist for this picture.

(See? It’s so quick – he’s still there)

Some may decide to add a pumpkin or an apple

Some may decide to join you a bit later…

Either way, or any of these ways…

This is a quick and easy lesson…

And pastels are a whole lot of fun!

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons (50 free lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
  • Encouragement: How to Start Art with Little Ones and How to Add in the Joy of Art.

~I invite you to subscribe to Hodgepodge (it’s free!) Don’t miss any art lessons!

About Hodgepodgemom

Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos homeschooling five children. The biggest lesson she’s learned? At the end of the day – when the dishes are put away and the children are tucked in bed – truly what matters is each child’s relationship with the Lord. Raising children is a God-given privilege and, folks, the time is short.


  1. Thanks for your great posts~ We’re going to have to try some of these! :)

  2. Those are gorgeous! I can’t wait to try these with my kids. Thanks for sharing!
    Nancy @Real Food Allergy Free recently posted..Allergy-Free Honey Mustard Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fingers, Pumpkin Scones, Chocolate Sunbutter Cups and MoreMy Profile

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge