Mug of Hot Chocolate: A Pastels Tutorial

When I shared the Sketch Tuesday topic, ‘something you drink’, with Nana she decided we should make a mug of hot chocolate with pastels! She didn’t even know we’d planned to stir up our own hot chocolate mix.

Nana prepared before we called the children in. She sketched the steps and pulled the sticks of color. I grabbed the baby wipes :)

This time we set up at the classroom table since it was very close to supper. With Nana’s prepared step-by-step, the children started.

Just five steps. Each chose their own mug color. (I gave up on keeping the school table free of marks years ago…)

Nana reminded the children to think about where the light might be coming from.

To highlight that side of their mug with a bit of white. Even a highlight on the hot chocolate.

Your marshmallow(s) can be added with a stick of white. Just mark right over your yummy brown, hot chocolate.

If you like your hot chocolate nice and hot, you might add a bit of steam rising from your warm mug. Maybe an outline around your marshmallow too? And your favorite table for your mug to rest on.

Four-year-old’s hot chocolate mug

Eleven-year-old’s mug

Eight-year-old was so inspired she did this picture then…


The next afternoon, we, of course, made hot chocolate mix and enjoyed a steaming mug! Click over to Powdered Milk Christmas Drink Mixes for the recipe. (Our favorite is the gourmet hot chocolate mix).

A quick, easy, three-in-one! And a big thanks to Barb-Harmony Art Mom and Nana for two afternoons of fun.

  • Print this lesson: Just click the green, ‘print-friendly’ button at the top, left of this post. You can choose to print the lesson with or without photos. By clicking the ‘remove photos’ box, you may print the text directions only.
  • 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 lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials. A simple set is very affordable.
  • 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.


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      Blossom – These really are easy to do – and fun!! So glad to hear the tutorials leave that impression. Because that is exactly what Nana and I are hoping. That others will see how easy chalk pastels are and join in!

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