Free Fall Art Lessons for All Ages

Fall Art for All Ages - Free Tutorials at Hodgepodge

A few leaves are already starting to turn here in the south and that means it’s time to turn our attention to fall art! Pull out those fantastic reds, oranges, browns, yellows and greens. Don’t you love a fall palette? These colors make me so happy! I’ve put together a list of our best art […]

Avenue of Oaks Chalk Art Tutorial

St. Simons Island - Avenue of Oaks

During this lesson, you will be able to visit a famous site on St. Simons Island, Georgia. For those of you that have never visited this barrier island off the coast, it is one of those dreamy, slow, humid places that are famous in Southern novels. You could pretend that this path or avenue leads […]

Bruce of Finding Nemo Chalk Art Tutorial

Bruce the Shark Chalk Art Tutorial

In honor of Shark Week I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring one of the most terrifying and funny characters from Finding Nemo as your pastel tutorial. Bruce the Shark really wants to be a friend, but has an appetite for any fish (or unlucky diver) in the area! “Here’s Brucieeee!” You will need […]

How To Draw A Garden Spider With Chalk Pastels

How to Draw a Garden Spider With Chalk Pastels

A new video art tutorial – how to draw a garden spider with chalk pastels! This tutorial was inspired by the garden spider and the web she built right out the Hodgepodge family room window. This is not the first time a garden spider chose to build her web within view.  And so, the grandchildren […]

Seahorse VIDEO Tutorial – Free Summer Art Plans

Seahorse Chalk Pastel Tutorial

It’s time to make a seahorse gliding gracefully through the ocean with Nana’s video tutorial! Do you know about Harmony Art Mom’s Summer Art Plans? This is a special feature Barb-Harmony Art Mom is sharing this summer! And we at Hodgepodge have the privilege of sharing a free video seahorse chalk art tutorial at Harmony […]

How to Train Your Dragon Art Tutorial

How to Train Your Dragon Art Tutorial at Hodgepodge

Today we are going to paint an awesome dragon. A How to Train Your Dragon art tutorial with Toothless! Toothless is a Night Fury dragon, and has a strong, sleek body that is black as night, and his eyes glow in the dark just like a cat’s eyes. He has massive, strong wings that carry […]

Free Summer Art Lessons

Free Summer Art Lessons at Hodgepodge

Looking for free summer art lessons? We have several for you, so pull out the chalks or acrylics! It’s back by popular demand! Summer Trees acrylic art tutorial is a lesson in perspective. You can imagine lying on a soft forest floor of pine straw and looking up through the trees. We like to think […]

Celebrating the Art of Eric Carle

Hermit Crab Chalk Pastel #Art Tutorial

We have long loved books by Eric Carle! And we so appreciate the bright and wonderful artwork in each! So much so that we’ve enjoyed follow up art activities after reading them. We’ve shared a couple of art tutorials of some favorites here at Hodgepodge and invite you to enjoy them too! Eric Carle’s style […]

Washington Monument With Fireworks Art Tutorial

Washington Monument with Fireworks Art Tutorial

Our beloved America is about to celebrate its birthday, and in that theme I offer to you what I call a “birthday wish” to her in all her glory for Independence Day! This could be a daytime scene at the reflecting pond for a while. Then I will show you how to darken the sky […]

Civil War Cannon Chalk Art Tutorial

Civil War Cannon Chalk Art Tutorial

In honor of the 150th commemoration of the Civil War – a Civil War Cannon Chalk Art Tutorial! And don’t miss the Atlanta History Center giveaway at the end! This past year we’ve been learning about American History. We’ve been staying with Civil War studies the past couple of months in our homeschool. We are […]

How to Do Art in 5-10 Minutes

How to Do Art in 5-10 Minutes

Q: How do you fit in art? How can you do art in 5-10 minutes? When, oh when, is a good time to do art with children of all ages and stages? (These are questions I get often.) A: The answer is super simple. We have found – after much practice in our home – […]

Chalk Pastels and Children’s Books

Five in a Row & Children's Art at Hodgepodge

A wonderful way to introduce and encourage children in a love of art is to do a project around a beloved book. Dianna recently asked: Q: I’m pulling together resources for later this summer and fall to get started. Do you have art lessons tied to Five in a Row and Before Five in a […]