The Best of Hodgepodge 2014 – Your Favorites!

Top Hodgepodge Posts of 2014

I have been sharing a hodgepodge of YOUR favorites this last week. The posts at Hodgepodge you have read the most. In case you missed them, I have put them all in one handy spot at the bottom of this post. But these are your overall favorites from this year – Hodgepodge 2014. The TOP […]

Top Hodgepodge Art Lessons

Top Art Tutorials at Hodgepodge

Here at Hodgepodge we are passionate about reminding you that You ARE an Artist! And providing opportunities for doing art. Simple, frugal and fun tutorials. Art for ALL ages! So here are the top art lessons of 2014. 1. Free Fall Art Lessons for All Ages – Pull out those fantastic reds, oranges, browns, yellows […]

You Are An Artist: What’s Under Your Christmas Tree?

How to Draw Presents Under the Tree in Chalk Pastels

What’s under your Christmas tree? No, I am not the elf on the shelf spying at your gifts under the tree! I thought that this would be fun for all of you artists to paint a picture of YOUR Christmas tree (well, the bottom branches) and all of the secrets packaged in bright colored boxes […]

100+ Free Art Lessons for All Ages

100+ FREE Chalk Art Lessons - You ARE an Artist!

Here at Hodgepodge we are passionate about reminding you that You ARE an Artist! And in doing so, we’ve shared more than 100 Free Art Lessons for All Ages! Chalk pastel and acrylic art tutorials, all listed in alphabetical order… Would you like even more FREE art tutorials? Sign up in the subscribe box in […]

Penguins of Madagascar Art Tutorial

Penguins of Madagascar Chalk Art Tutorial at Hodgepodge

In honor of the latest DreamWorks animation film, Penguins of Madagascar, we thought we’d enjoy a chalk pastel painting! The penguins are such funny little characters and we had fun remembering quotes as we sketched. “Just smile and wave boys. Smile and wave.” We used these chalk pastels colors: black, orange, yellow and blue. Now […]

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Chalk Art

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Chalk Art - You Are An Artist at Hodgepodge!

It’s a tradition at our house to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving each year. You too? And in anticipation of doing just that we decided to search some images of Charlie Brown Thanksgiving for artistic inspiration. There are many images to choose from – check it out for yourself.  YOU are the artist – so […]

You ARE An Artist: What’s On Your Thanksgiving Table?

You ARE An Artist! Paint What is on Your Thanksgiving Table at Hodgepodge

What’s on your Thanksgiving Table? Thanksgiving is just around the bend, or shall I say, “Over the river and through the woods”…so I thought that we might indulge and paint what would be part of your Thanksgiving feast! On our table: Down in the southern states, where we are from, we have “Dressin’”, not ever, […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon Chalk Art

Harold and the Purple Crayon - Chalk Pastel Art at Hodgepodge

We have said so many times that we should do a chalk pastel of Harold and the Purple Crayon. And so we finally did! There is just so much you can do with the inspiration from this favorite book! We have loved Harold and all his adventures since our Five in a Row days. And […]

You Are an Artist: Paint Your Pet

You ARE An Artist - Paint Your Pet Challenge at Hodgepodge

Have you ever drawn or painted your pet? Well, we did and we think you should paint your pet too. We used chalk pastels, of course. And both Nana and Middle Girl painted our family pet, Oswald the Bearded Dragon. Middle Girl pulled a picture up that she had taken, and used it to create […]

Despicable Me Minion Chalk Art Tutorial

Despicable Me Minion Chalk Art Tutorial

Today we are going to paint a beloved and famous character from “Despicable Me”….the minion! He is posed for us in a sideways view on our paper. But, you can choose to paint your Minion looking straight at the viewer. Either way, please turn your paper vertically. You will need the following colors of soft […]

You ARE an Artist!

You ARE An Artist - Resources Galore at Hodgepodge!

It’s what Nana reminds us of often: You ARE an Artist! She says, “All of us are born with talent….an inbred wiring to create.  As parents, grandparents and teachers, tapping this talent and helping students reach a rich satisfaction with creation of art is our goal!  If you pick up a brush, pen, pastel chalk…or […]

Hodgepodge Art for All Ages

Ultimate List of Art for All Ages at Hodgepodge

It’s one handy spot for the hodgepodge of art for all ages we have here and at Southern Hodgepodge. I hope you will find much encouragement and are reminded that you ARE an artist! We wish you many art-filled afternoons! “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he […]