This lesson is a simple, yet a lovely one to celebrate the Christmas season. My students enjoyed the bright colors and the velvet blue night sky that we painted for our Christmas Star Chalk Pastel Tutorial.
Christmas Star Chalk Pastel Tutorial
The supplies are simple: we used regular copy paper, pastel chalks in black, yellow, orange, white, dark blue and purple.
He appeared and the soul felt its worth…
Begin with the outline of the city at night, using your black pastel. Draw irregular “roof” shapes, some short, some a little taller…it almost is like Halloween pumpkin teeth!
Then turn your black pastel on the side and fill in the buildings solidly. Use your finger to smooth the black until all the white is covered.
The Christmas Star is next: use your orange pastel and draw a straight line from north to south. Then put a line across making a cross. Another line diagonally across makes a sparkly star. Pick up your yellow and put a yellow circle around the outside of your star.
Your beautiful, velvet blue sky is added next. Turn your dark blue pastel chalk on the side and color the sky in; remember your yellow circle guards the Christmas Star, so don’t cross over the blue into the star area. Take your finger and smooth the blue until all the white paper is covered. You can add some purple to make the sky really dark, smooth it with your finger also.
Now we will finish the Christmas Star: It is best to take a paper towel or rag and clean the yellow chalk off from any other colors that may be on the yellow chalk. Carefully fill in as much of the white around the star as you can, it is ok to cover up some of the orange of the star.
Pick up your white pastel and make your star a “bold” and “strong” star with white accents. You can take a clean finger (if you have one!) and pull the yellow into the night sky.
If you remember, Bethlehem was very crowded that night, so take your yellow pastel and make some yellow dots on the dark buildings to show that there are a lot of folks in town that night!
Please know this: The painting is YOURS, and YOU can draw your Christmas Star Chalk Pastel and make it your own, the way you like it. I think you should put this drawing in the box with your Christmas ornaments when Christmas is over; be sure to put the date and your name on it, so years from now you can show YOUR family what you drew way back when!
Want to try Nana’s Christmas Star Video Art Lesson? Find her sample lesson on this page at ChalkPastel.com!
Now go paint with joy!
FEATURING YOU! YOU ARE AN ARTIST!
So, paint your Christmas Star Chalk Pastel and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on social media, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!
- A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are in Our Favorite Chalk Pastels.
- The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
Do you and your artists learn best with a video art tutorial? Find our Christmas, Nutcracker and Preschool Winter Video Art Lessons at ChalkPastel.com!
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-originally published 2012