Christmas Tree in Snow: A Pastels Tutorial

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…

Steps three and four are fun! Fill in your Christmas tree. Full of branches and needles. Add a trunk. And a star.

We had a couple that needed the steps to follow to make a five point star, so Nana marked those off…

Next, decorate your tree anyway you’d like. Ornaments in the colors you like!

The last step each of the children interpreted differently. When filling in the evening sky, take your blue stick, turn it on its side. Make it a dark night like eleven-year-old did…

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.

Make your picture the way you like it! Eight-year-old piled the snow up around her tree trunk then set to ‘fisting in’ or blending the night sky with her fist.

Five-year-old fisted her sky in too. You can also carefully use one finger to blend in next to your branches.

Be sure to sign your name with your favorite color, then find a spot to display your beautiful Christmas tree! You may even want to give your tree as a gift.


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