Porpoise or Dolphin Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial

Porpoise or Dolphin Chalk Pastel Art Tutorial at www.hodgepodge.me

As a follow up to our recent trip to the Georgia Aquarium, we are going to have fun today drawing the “clown of the sea,” the Porpoise! The colors of pastels that you will need are the following: Medium gray Black White Blues (for the ocean colors) Greens Yellow (for tiny fish swimming with your […]

Acrylic Fall Trees Tutorial

Fall Trees - Acrylic Art Lesson at Hodgepodge

I am a firm believer that each of us can paint; especially children, who possess an innate ability to create art. The hardest lesson is this: you cannot paint exactly like someone else. Embrace the freedom to please yourself!! This painting is one my students and I so enjoyed! The trees here in Georgia are […]

Angry Birds Chalk Pastel Art

Angry Birds Chalk Pastel Art Fun at Hodgepodge

Chances are you have an Angry Birds fan at your house. We have several here at Hodgepodge! Our youngest has a collection of the stuffed Angry Birds plush toys as well. They often come flying across the room unexpectedly. So, with Nana’s help, we decided to make some fly across the page with chalk pastels. […]

Madeline Chalk Pastel Fun

Madeline Chalk Pastel at Hodgepodge

You may have noticed that we have been choosing art projects to go along with the younger children’s Five in a Row studies. Well, today we share the fun we had with Madeline… In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines… We studied the cover of the Madeline book. We noticed the […]

Pete the Cat Chalk Pastel Fun

Pete the Cat Chalk Pastel Art

We had so much fun creating artwork with one of our favorite children’s books, My Blue Boat, we thought we’d continue on with Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes! Pete the Cat is a repeated bedtime reading – especially with our younger two. Because… I love my white shoes, I love my white […]

Henry David Thoreau: To The Woods Chalk Pastel

Woods Chalk Pastel

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ~ Thoreau I have always loved a path or walking trail. […]

10 Flower and Fruit Chalk Pastel Tutorials

flower pastel tutorials

With all things blooming and growing, I thought it appropriate to share some beautiful chalk pastel tutorials of flowers and fruit. 1. Sunflowers | 2. Queen Anne’s Lace | 3. Hydrangea | 4. Lily Pad flower 1. Banana | 2. Fruit Bowl | 3. Strawberry | 4. Blueberry Plus, summer wouldn’t be complete without watermelon […]

Sandpiper Shore Bird: A Chalk Pastel Tutorial


On a lazy afternoon at the beach the children and I decided to draw a sandpiper – after seeing these fast and delightful birds all morning swooping down and racing the waves. We assembled our limited color palette of pastels. We just couldn’t pack everything! I drew a large bird shape on a piece of […]

Path to the Beach: A Pastels Tutorial

Path to the Beach - A Chalk Pastels Tutorial

The very first time Nana taught us a pastel lesson was a little over two years ago, in February 2010. That day, we created one of our favorite subjects: the beach! Funny thing was, she was snowed in at our house. Inches of snow were piled up outside. But inside, we created puffy clouds, an […]

10 Easter and Spring Arts and Crafts

Easy Art Projects for Spring at www.hodgepodge.me

Sharing arts and crafts to compliment all things spring! Bird’s Nest: A Pastels Tutorial Tornado: A Pastels Tutorial Handprint Easter Lamb Three Little Chicks: A Pastels Tutorial   Bubbles: A Pastels Tutorial Queen Anne’s Lace: A Pastels Tutorial Wedding Shower Paper Chain Book Lover Wreath (Wreath made from paperback books) Decorate a Trash Can with […]

Dr. Seuss Acrylic Art

Dr. Seuss Acrylic Art Tutorials www.hodgepodge.me

We’re teaming up with a great bunch of bloggers to celebrate Seuss! Be sure to stop by and visit seven others for more inspiration… You can paint with a brush using colors like blue You simply must I can paint – how about you? In celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and all the fun his books […]

All Blue: A Chalk Pastels Tutorial

All Blue Ocean Chalk Pastel

Stay tuned tomorrow for a really fun giveaway involving sea creatures! Nana has been excited about sharing a different type of chalk pastel. A lesson all one color – shades of blue! First, we all looked at the many shades of blue and chose colors. We listened to instructions. And we began with the top […]