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 disclosure policy. We love to share our love of art!

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 10 day series. And I hope these will spur you

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 of a child-like joy. These days when I share an

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 and starting in the center of your paper draw a

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 up at the clouds. We could see animals, castles, mountains,