We had just finished up making some Christmas mixes when Nana offered a pastel lesson.
As in other lessons, she sketched off the steps for the children to follow. Just six simple steps, starting with the colors above…
You may want to turn your paper so it is vertical to have more room for a tall tree. Then get your green and start on those upside down Vs. Steps one and two make your tree branches, your tree growing nice and tall…
Or like twilight as thirteen-year-old did. She added a bit of snow falling. And a line for the ground. Nana explained that in a pastel painting that snow is not white. It’s gray, has a twinge of blue shadowing.
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- 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.
- More Christmas fun at Hodgepodge
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