Fireplace: A Pastels Tutorial

A cozy kind of art lesson from Nana! It has been most wintry in our southern part of the country these days. So we appreciated the toasty feel of this chalk pastel.

First, gather your supplies, along with your colors.

Nana sketched off the steps for us, as shown above.

We discussed the look of brick. How the colors blend just a bit like the brick wall Nana painted in our kitchen with a stencil.

Then we sketched the basic fireplace shape.

We blended carefully with a finger, to give the art a feel of home. (Especially the black behind the warm fire). Plus, each spent some time on the fire itself. Some adding blue flames, as Nana did, some stacking their logs a little differently. Make your fireplace as cozy as you like, with the details you enjoy.

Each added their own details to the mantle. Some a vase, a photo. Littlest Girl decided she’d make her fireplace more like ours. Just a white frame around the black. You might want to study your fireplace and add your favorite things. Even stockings!

Our orange marmalade kitty loves when we build a warm fire. So he was added to the hearth. (Notice how the glow of the fireplace is on his side closest to the fire. Just a touch of white).

The results! Top left – 14yo; Top right, 12yo; Bottom left, 9yo; Bottom right, 6yo

Bonus: Maybe another time, you might enjoy a Mug of Hot Chocolate pastel lesson for warm winter 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 (over 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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    Oh, Nana! Thank you so much! We haven’t done a pastel picture in quite awhile…and our fireplace is always going now to keep this big old house warm. Perfect subject for us! Thank you.

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    A couple of us made these pastels today (while the rest were out roller skating) and it was so much fun. Thank you again. (Have you ever thought of having a linky for people who have used your tutorials to be able to link their pictures up to them?)

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