Great Gifts for Chalk Artists

Great Gifts for Chalk Pastel Artists

In hopes that pastel chalks will be painting a broad swath of color in your lives after Christmas (or any special occasion!), we offer these gift suggestions to be wrapped and waiting for you and your students! This post contains affiliate links to art supplies we use almost daily and love dearly. Please see our […]

The Ultimate List of Art Fun and Encouragement at Hodgepodge

The Ultimate List of #Art Fun and Encouragement at

Back in the spring I shared an Ultimate List of Favorite Art Resources in my You CAN Be an Artist! 10 day series. Today I am expanding on that list to include more favorites and encouragement for you! (Plus, don’t miss the surprise at the end!) I think this is a fitting conclusion to this […]

Art is for Parents Too!

Art is For Parents Too!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Pablo Picasso “If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent Van Gogh These quotes speak to me of freedom. Of permission. And […]

A House for Hermit Crab Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Hermit Crab Chalk Pastel #Art Tutorial

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 […]

Train Your Students to See Nature

Train Your Student to See Nature

Do you remember lying on your back in the summer grass and staring at the clouds overhead? Do your students do this? When I was growing up, before frantic carpools, piano lessons, sports, dance and a packed schedule year-round, we had endless, hot and humid afternoons to play dress-up and to pass time just looking […]

How to Skumble with Chalk Pastels

How to Skumble with Chalk Pastels

“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?

Painterly Effect with Chalk Pastel #Art

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 […]

Fistin’ Chalk Pastel Art Technique

Fisting a tornado chalk pastel

What is fistin’? Some of you may think that I have dug deep into my Southern vernacular, but this is a term that I have coined in teaching pastel art. What FISTIN’ is…is balling up your fist, turning your fist down so that your thumb is up in the air and lightly smudging your pastels […]

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

Art for All Ages - How to Make Sky and Clouds with Chalk Pastels

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

Art for All Ages - 10 Days of Tips and Tutorials

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 […]