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 he was off to play with trains and cars. The

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels ebook from Hodgepodge

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels

We are excited to announce our ebook, A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels: Art for All Ages. The Lord blessed my mother, Lucia Hames, with amazing talent. She’s been teaching her grandchildren art lessons for years. A Simple Start offers a whole year of chalk pastels from Nana, the Master Artist – her talents from The Master… Available for a special introductory price of $19.99

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. I especially love spying the curve of the path up

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 paper and studied the photo of a sandpiper we had

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. Then we opened our favorite bird field guide. We turned