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 […]

Free Classic Spring Chalk Art Tutorials

Free Classic Spring Chalk Art Tutorials

A dear reader asked me about the Impressionism with Chalk Pastels tutorial of Claude Monet’s bridge. That particular tutorial was free to subscribers this time last year. That got me thinking. There are a couple of spring time, subscriber only, free tutorials that we consider classics. Free Art Tutorials and Lessons Pinterest board And so, […]

Free Caterpillar Video Chalk Art Tutorial

Free or Frugal Homeschool Art for All Ages

Do we have a treat for you! Our eight-year-old taught Nana a chalk pastel tutorial. We have it for you to enjoy in video tutorial form, below. Also, Nana and I are sharing Free or Frugal Homeschool Art for All Ages at Free Homeschool Deals today as part of Jamerrill’s 3rd Annual Homeschooling for Free […]

Easter Crown of Thorns Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Easter Crown of Thorns Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

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 […]

Birds Nest Chalk Pastel Art by Lucia Hames

{Giveaway!} Chalk Pastel Bird Nest Art by Lucia Hames

When Nana and I create tutorials for you there is plenty of art work spread around. And when Nana made the cover design for our A Seasonal Start in Spring Chalk Pastels, she had you in mind. She suggested we give away her original art work for our ebook. The art work, with original design […]

Free Spring Art Lessons at Hodgepodge

Shamrock Chalk Art Tutorial

We are growing a love of art this spring! Here are some free art lessons to get you started… Spring Art from our Hodgepodge Archives: How to Draw a Tornado in Chalk Pastels (VIDEO – with a fisting technique) Robin Chickadee 10 Easter and Spring Arts and Crafts New Spring Art Lessons! Weave a bird’s […]

A Seasonal Start in Spring Chalk Pastels

A Seasonal Start in Chalk Pastels Spring 250

Head over to Southern Hodgepodge today for Nana’s brand new video tutorial for spring! The beautiful bird’s nest! PLUS, we are super excited to announce… A Seasonal Start in Spring Chalk Pastels ebook is now available! Celebrate the spring with art! A Seasonal Start in Chalk Pastels: Spring is now available for beginning or continuing […]

Claude Monet London at Twilight Chalk Pastel Art

Monet's London at Twilight Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

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?  […]

Free Art Lessons! Olympics, Valentines and More

Olympic Torch Chalk Pastel Art

With the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games this week, we are reminding you about Nana’s free VIDEO art tutorial: How to Draw the Olympic Torch. This chalk pastel art tutorial is great for all ages and can be found at Southern Hodgepodge. Remember that Middle Girl also has a free art tutorial […]

Free Valentine Lessons: A Lovely Afternoon of Art and Music

Valentine Tree Chalk Pastel Art

Art and music are a perfectly beautiful combination for Valentine’s Day or any appreciation of romanticism. We have a Valentine’s Day gift for you – a lovely afternoon of art and music! My friend Mary Prather is offering a SQUILT lesson of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture. To accompany this wonderful music, Nana and I […]

Olympic Rings Chalk Pastel Art

Olympic Rings Chalk Pastel Art

With the Winter Olympics getting closer each day, it was time to make some Olympic rings in chalk pastels! This project is pretty simple. And you can make this painting your very own. Add the Olympic torch (our video tutorial) in the background, some athletes, a snow scene. Make it yours! We’ve been learning with […]