This lesson is quick enough to enjoy this week before Christmas. A present to you from Nana and the Hodgepodge! Christmas Ornament: A Pastels Tutorial.
Christmas Ornament: A Pastels Tutorial
Begin by choosing your favorite two ornaments. Place them on your table where you can get a good look while you use your pastels.
Take your black pastel stick and draw the simple, ball shapes. We had our ornaments propped next to each other, one circle blending into the next. So you might want to leave one circle open as we did. Add your little, square holder at the top of each ornament.
We colored our red one first. As you fill in the color, be sure to leave a section of white where the light is shining on the ornament.
Next, take your finger and blend in the color.
Then color in and blend the chalk on your second ornament.
Nana decided we needed a painterly effect around the ornaments. Each chose their own color. For the painterly effect, turn your pastel stick on its side and skumble – just gently brush your pastel around your ornaments. Then ‘fist in’ or blend the color with your fingers.
See how easy and fun that is? (You may even get a bonus pastel mustache!)
And clean up is quick with baby wipes. You might want to sign your name in the corner. (Do you like our paper towel bib for protecting clothes? It worked!)
Our finished pastels: Top center by 14yo, top left by 12yo, top right by 6yo, bottom left by Nana, bottom right by 9yo.
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- A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase, and links to all of Nana’s other pastel lessons are here: 100+ Free Art Lessons for All Ages plus the video The Very Few Must Have Supplies for Chalk Pastel Art. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
- The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.
Do you and your artists learn best with a video art tutorial? Find this lesson in video form in our Christmas Video Art Lessons. Be sure to check out our Nutcracker and Preschool Winter Video Art Lessons too!
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are your branches!
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-originally published December 2011