Christmas Star Chalk Pastel Tutorial

This lesson is a simple, yet a lovely one to celebrate the Christmas season. My students enjoyed the bright colors and the velvet blue night sky that we painted.

He appeared and the soul felt its worth…

The supplies are simple: we used regular copy paper, pastel chalks in black, yellow, orange, white, dark blue and purple.

Begin with the outline of the city at night, using your black pastel. Draw irregular “roof” shapes, some short, some a little taller…it almost is like Halloween pumpkin teeth!

Then turn your black pastel on the side and fill in the the buildings solidly. Use your finger to smooth the black until all the white is covered.

The Christmas Star is next: use your orange pastel and draw a straight line from north to south. Then put a line across making a cross. Another line diagonally across makes a sparkly star. Pick up your yellow and put a yellow circle around the outside of your star .

Your beautiful, velvet blue sky is added next. Turn your dark blue pastel chalk on the side and color the sky in; remember your yellow circle guards the Christmas Star, so don’t cross over the blue into the star area. Take your finger and smooth the blue until all the white paper is covered. You can add some purple to make the sky really dark, smooth it with your finger also.

Now we will finish the Christmas Star: It is best to take a paper towel or rag and clean the yellow chalk off from any other colors that may be on the yellow chalk. Carefully fill in as much of the white around the star as you can, it is ok to cover up some of the orange of the star.

Pick up your white pastel and make your star a “bold” and “strong” star with white accents. You can take a clean finger (if you have one!) and pull the yellow into the night sky.

If you remember, Bethlehem was very crowded that night, so take your yellow pastel and make some yellow dots on the dark buildings to show that there are a lot of folks in town that night!

Please know this: The picture is YOURS, and YOU can draw it and make it your own, the way you like it. I think you should put this drawing in the box with your Christmas ornaments when Christmas is over; be sure to put the date and your name on it, so years from now you can show YOUR family what you drew way back in 2012!

Now go paint with joy!!

  • 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 (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.

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    I have a spot for ‘art’ every day of this beautiful season. That spot is mainly dedicated to all of your great tutorials – allowing Nana to step into our home and teach us, too! Thank you for being such a gentle Titus 2 friend! You are a blessing – pinning and sharing your love with others.

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      Oh I hope you do get out those pastels soon! I do need to point out that this was done with chalk rather than oil pastels. And I’m so glad you found the finished pictures helpful – I think it’s important for all ages to be invited and included – no matter their skill level. Chalk pastels are especially good that way! Thanks Victoria!

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    Carrie says

    I just wanted to pop in and say thank you for putting these lessons online for us! My kids have discovered a true love for pastels through this website!
    I just made this one with my 6 year old, and they turned out so beautiful – he is so proud!
    Thank you, and have a Merry Christmas!

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