A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels Art Curriculum

A Christmas Start in Chalk Pastels 3D

Celebrate Christmas with art! Announcing our newest ebook – A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels  – for beginning or continuing art lessons in the chalk pastel medium… What’s included in this art curriculum? Celebrate the season! A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels offers encouragement for getting started with chalk pastels plus a simple […]

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 […]

How to Skumble with Chalk Pastels

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“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?

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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 […]

But chalk pastels get everywhere!

How to Deal with Chalk Pastel Art Mess

Yes, chalk pastels do get everywhere! It is the nature of the art. Yet there are a few, very simple tips to keep in mind that will ease your fear of messes and ramp up the enjoyment for all. Blessedly messy as we often say. 1. Practice – Yes, simply pulling out the chalk pastels […]

How to Make Sky and Clouds in Chalk Pastels

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I think that one of my most favorite subjects to paint with my pastels is clouds and the sky. There are many different forms of sky:  dark and threatening, morning-fresh delicate and pale, angry, red-streaked sundown skies….oh, my…just think of what to paint makes my “painting fingers” just itch! There are just a few suggestions […]

Your First Easy Lesson in Chalk Pastel Art

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Here at Hodgepodge, we are on a mission to share just how easy and fun chalk pastel art is! We welcome you to this 10 day series of Art for All Ages: Tips and Tutorials. Nana (Lucia Hames) and I will be sharing all sorts of free tutorials, art techniques and encouragement. What we share […]

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue: Chalk Art Tutorial

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial www.hodgepodge.me

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

Train Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Train Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial at www.hodgepodge.me

Little Engine! This pastel is a MUCH-requested one from one of my youngest students.  He is a real fan of  The Little Engine that Could originally by author Watty Piper. You will need the following pastel colors: blue (of course!), yellow, black, brown, green, gray and white. We will start drawing a line with your […]

Birthday Cake Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Birthday Cake Video Art Tutorial with Chalk Pastels at www.hodgepodge.me

We are in birthday season here at Hodgepodge! In honor of all birthdays, Nana shares a birthday cake chalk pastel art tutorial in video form. It is simple art lesson and fun for all ages! Art in just FIVE minutes! If you have been looking to add the joy of art to your days, try […]

Seahorse Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Seahorse Chalk Pastel #Art Tutorial at www.hodgepodge.me

Have you followed Hodgepodge on Bloglovin? Follow with Bloglovin We begin today with an undersea ride on a seahorse! This is a fun pastel and you will need to gather together the following colors of pastel: a rusty color orange, yellow, black or dark brown for the seahorse, and your favorite colors for the sea […]