Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue: Chalk Art Tutorial

In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue…

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

The Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria

This tutorial is going to give you and your students the joy of an ocean voyage, complete with flapping canvas and great big waves!  As you know, Columbus Day is upon us, and we must celebrate his journey to our shores with a chalk pastel painting.

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  • 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: You Can Be an Artist! 10 Day series

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    kelly says

    Hi there! I am a subscriber and I didn’t see the tutorial link at the bottom. Just the one for Georgia and the trees. Wanted to send out a HUGE THANK YOU!!! B/c of your blog we started with chalk pastels and acrylics this year and my kids are loving it. Your tutorials are so easy and inspiring that my kids are learning that they really can be artists too. We even have a wire hung up in our playroom (from Ikea!) that clips their art pages up so we can have an ever changing art gallery wall. Thanks so much!

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      Good morning from Nana at Hodgepodge! Thank you for the very kind words about our pastel tutorials! If you can, please post some of your children’s pictures, I would love to see them! And remember: You CAN be an artist!

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      Hi Kelly – I am following up with an email to you about the tutorial. But, like Nana, I love to hear you are your children are loving the tutorials. I also LOVE the idea of a wire gallery to hang all your beautiful pictures! I will have to check that out at IKEA. I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

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    Melissa Shoop says

    Hi there, I just got the Hodgepodge email, but I’m also having trouble finding the tutorial. Could you help? We have yet to try art with chalk pastels, but I think my kids will love it! And we’re just finishing up a 6-week unit on Columbus so this art project would be perfect. :)

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      Perfect follow up Melissa!

      Just to clear things up – new subscribers – those subscribing today via the sign up box in the upper right hand corner – will receive an email with the link attached to download the art tutorial. And current subscribers will receive a new email tomorrow with the link to download the tutorial. We did have a technical difficulty that made the link miss today’s subscriber email (10/8) but there is a post going up tomorrow – and the link will be there. I so appreciate your patience friends!

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    Jamie says

    I’m having trouble finding it as well. Glad to see I’m not the only one. We love your tutorials! I have a group of 11 kids (including my own) scheduled to come over and do projects from your Fall Chalk Pastels book! Fun, fun, fun!

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    Dee says

    Hi…I’m a subscriber and I didn’t find the link in the email either as someone else noted above. Where is it?

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      Hi Dee, in your email, at the bottom, it should have two links. It says: “Download the Homeschooling in Georgia ebook today!” Download the Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue” today! The very first day the tutorial went out, the link missed the post. But every day since then, the link has appeared in the email. Thanks for being a subscriber and enjoy the tutorial! (if you still have trouble please send me an email via the contact form under About Us and I am happy to help.)

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    Carla says

    Hi, I just became a subscriber tonight and I am wondering if I will receive an email with a link to the Colombus chalk art tutorial. We are meeting with some friends tomorrow to try chalk art, and I think the guys would really enjoy creating the ships. Thank you!

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