The last couple of weeks we’ve been enjoying Lentil in our Five in a Row studies. So, when Nana stopped by for a visit, we asked if there was some sort of art activity she might be able to show us. We consulted the Five in a Row book and discussed how the illustrations were not pencil but charcoal. We didn’t have any charcoal, so we turned to the familiar chalk pastel. A black chalk pastel stick.
As suggested in Five in a Row, Volume 1, we focused on shadows and facial expressions. Nana showed us very simply…
Some half circles on each side of the head for ears. Then nice straight lines for hair – be sure to add Lentil’s cow lick! Then, decide which direction the sun is shining in your picture. Your shadows should be on the opposite side of Lentil’s face.
Take your already smudged finger and just gently create some shadows.
We also talked about all the different expressions throughout the book. There was Colonel Carter, disappointed when the band wasn’t able to welcome him. There was Old Sneep – always frowning and grumbly. Lentil’s surprised face! Then there were all the happy faces of the townspeople when Colonel Carter said he would build a new hospital.
More art fun with children’s books:
- Madeline Chalk Pastel Fun
- My Blue Boat (from Before Five in a Row) – with tips for teaching art with multiple ages
- Pete the Cat
- Cat in the Hat – with acrylics
- 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 47 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.
Which expression will you make?