Birds Nest Chalk Pastel Art by Lucia Hames

{Giveaway!} Chalk Pastel Bird Nest Art by Lucia Hames www.hodgepodge.me

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 www.hodgepodge.me

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 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?  […]

Free Art Lessons! Olympics, Valentines and More

Olympic Torch Chalk Pastel Art www.southernhodgepodge.com

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 www.hodgepodge.me

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 www.hodgepodge.me

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 […]

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 […]

A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels Art Curriculum

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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 […]