Madeline Chalk Pastel Fun

You may have noticed that we have been choosing art projects to go along with the younger children’s Five in a Row studies. Well, today we share the fun we had with Madeline…

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines…

We studied the cover of the Madeline book. We noticed the road, the perspective. The road narrows as it draws your eye to the Eiffel Tower. (We remembered how to do this from our To The Woods Chalk Pastel). Nana pointed out that the Eiffel Tower is sort of a modified A. So we drew the basic outline of the tower.

…lived twelve little girls in two straight lines…

Then more detail on the tower.

We continued to look at the Madeline book cover and sketch what we saw. The French flag flying atop the tower…

Next we turned our attention to Miss Clavel and the twelve little girls. We picked our colors and sketched the simple shapes, counting, adding a circle for a hat, blue for Miss Clavel…

…the smallest one was Madeline…

Meanwhile, our smallest one stayed at the table  just enjoying Dotza markers.

While we drew the basic tree shapes, added blossoms and skumbled in the blue green of the background.

Remember that pastels are blessedly messy! Even my eldest children enjoy!

All of our Madeline chalk pastels.

Advice from Nana: “Even though some folks have never thought that they could pick up a pastel chalk and draw something with success, I beg to differ!  Drawing a picture from a book cover can be easy and a rewarding experience.

The Madeline books have essentially very basic “stick” figure drawings; the Eiffel Tower, the “little girls all in a straight line” are stick figures with triangular-like coats and circle hats, the background is a brilliant green…all are possible for beginning students with a bit of concentration.  Just remember, your drawing is a teaching tool for better concentration, but the whole exercise is to feel free to draw what you see and what pleases you!  The more you draw the better artist you will become!”

More art fun with children’s books:


  • 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 45 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.


…and that’s all there is – there isn’t any more.




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    Love this idea! I found you blog and this post through pinterest, and it fits so well with what we are doing for homeschooling p. Can’t wait to try our hand at pastels!!! Thaks for the inspiration:)

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