Easter Crown of Thorns Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Easter Crown of Thorns Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

This pastel of Christ’s crown of thorns is a personal favorite of mine as we enter the Easter season. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5 NIV Colors Needed: The pastels […]

Claude Monet London at Twilight Chalk Pastel Art

Monet's London at Twilight Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

I think that pastels are wonderful to use in Impressionistic art paintings.  I know that I have mentioned before that years ago a teacher explained to me that pastel pictures are not really “drawings” but are paintings.  You see, you are using a pure stick of dry paint color, so you are painting, aren’t you?  […]

Icarus by Henri Matisse – Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Icarus by Henri Matisse Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

Today we are going to go on an art adventure! Most of our lessons are of everyday objects, landscapes and such, but in this tutorial we are going to paint an impressionistic type painting in the style of the great French artist Henri Matisse. This is a famous and iconic figure called the “Icarus.” ~This […]

Snowman Paints! Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Snowman Paints! Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

It’s always fun to paint outside! And this snowman is doing just that. We love that this tutorial offers such a wonderful amount of space for individual creativity. Not only can you make the snowman just like you’d like him, you can design your background, plus – decide what your snowman will paint! Please enjoy […]

Great Gifts for Chalk Artists

Great Gifts for Chalk Pastel Artists www.hodgepodge.me

In hopes that pastel chalks will be painting a broad swath of color in your lives after Christmas (or any special occasion!), we offer these gift suggestions to be wrapped and waiting for you and your students! This post contains affiliate links to art supplies we use almost daily and love dearly. Please see our […]

How to Mix Colors

The Joy of Mixing Paint Colors www.hodgepodge.me

Now and then we receive a question that we feel like our readers would enjoy knowing the answer to as well. With permission, we share the following from a reader, Carey. She says… Q: I found a great acrylics tutorial for kids, but it needs two colors we don’t have and I don’t have time […]

Fall Walk in the Woods Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Fall Walk in the Woods Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

We thought it would be nice to do our To The Woods Chalk Pastel tutorial again. But this time in fall colors. We’ve been enjoying some fall walks in the woods. And this is a perfect lesson in perspective… First, we gathered our chalks. Using a plain piece of printer paper (you can use Canson […]

A House for Hermit Crab Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Hermit Crab Chalk Pastel #Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

This painting can be done with either pastels or acrylic paints. Our painting comes from a well-loved book by Eric Carle called A House for Hermit Crab. You will need the following colors: red, brown, blue, green, black and yellow. Our hermit needs a house to live in so let’s start there. Take your blue […]

Train Your Students to See Nature

Train Your Student to See Nature

Do you remember lying on your back in the summer grass and staring at the clouds overhead? Do your students do this? When I was growing up, before frantic carpools, piano lessons, sports, dance and a packed schedule year-round, we had endless, hot and humid afternoons to play dress-up and to pass time just looking […]

How to Skumble with Chalk Pastels

How to Skumble with Chalk Pastels www.hodgepodge.me

“Skumble” is a funny word. It is a made-up word for the way an artist can add texture to a picture. In our video, below, we share how we turned our brown pastel on its side and very lightly and carefully brushed it across the sand color to show the grainy texture of the sandy […]

What is Painterly Effect in Chalk Pastel Art?

Painterly Effect with Chalk Pastel #Art www.hodgepodge.me

Now just go ahead and rub your hands with glee!  Here is your chance to really be messy with permission!  Painting with pastels is such fun; you are painting with pure paint pigment…and a little goes a long, long way! If you look at the history of pastel painters, you will see that most works […]

Fistin’ Chalk Pastel Art Technique

Fisting a tornado chalk pastel

What is fistin’? Some of you may think that I have dug deep into my Southern vernacular, but this is a term that I have coined in teaching pastel art. What FISTIN’ is…is balling up your fist, turning your fist down so that your thumb is up in the air and lightly smudging your pastels […]

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