Chalk Pastel Box: A Tutorial

Chalk Pastel Box Art Tutorial at Hodgepodge

Nana thought it would be fun to make our pastel box. And that it surely was. But most of all – colorful! Little Buddy joined in first. He made his own creation while Nana sketched off the chalk pastel box. He narrated his artwork as he went along, saying it is a sun glob. Then […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Creative Summer and Beach Art Projects

10 Creative Summer Art and Beach Projects at

With only a few school things to tie up, my thoughts turn to summer. Projects you can enjoy at home or the seashore! The Art of the Drip Castle – How to Make a Drip Sand Castle. Maybe the backyard sandbox? How to Make a Homemade Handprint Crab T-Shirt Beach Umbrellas Chalk Pastel Tutorial At […]

Teaching Art With Multiple Ages

Teaching Art with Multiple Ages - My Blue Boat FIAR

My Blue Boat: A Pastels Tutorial The joy of art. We are blessed that way. See, for over two years now Nana has taught the children chalk pastel lessons on a variety of subjects. She teaches all the children at once – multiple ages. And I join in now and then too! How about you? […]

Robin: A Pastels Tutorial


This tutorial is hosted by me and the children. A direct result of the confidence we’ve built in following Nana’s instructions. See, we pulled out the chalk pastels during a nature study as we often do. And we sketched robins to compliment our studies. Here is what we did. We watched robins in the backyard. […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Butterfly: A Pastels Tutorial + Monarch DVD Review


Today’s chalk pastel tutorial is in honor of a wonderful, new resource! Our friends at Crowe’s Nest Media have produced an education and beautifully God-glorifying DVD. Your Backyard: The Life and Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly. You will want to click over to The Curriculum Choice for my review and enter to win a […]

Valentines to Make: Crafts, Pastels and Recipes

wedding shower paper chain

A recent example of love.. I hear myself let loose a long, exasperated sigh as I bend down to pick up the tiny scraps of paper that litter the floor. Across the room a small voice says, “I love you Mama.” My littlest guy keyed into my tone and he turned it around. Love does […]

Fireplace: A Pastels Tutorial

Fireplace Chalk Pastel Tutorial at Hodgepodge

A cozy kind of art lesson from Nana! It has been most wintry in our southern part of the country these days. So we appreciated the toasty feel of this chalk pastel. First, gather your supplies, along with your colors. Nana sketched off the steps for us, as shown above. We discussed the look of […]