This lesson is a simple, yet a lovely one to celebrate the Christmas season. My students enjoyed the bright colors and the velvet blue night sky that we painted.
He appeared and the soul felt its worth…
Begin with the outline of the city at night, using your black pastel. Draw irregular “roof” shapes, some short, some a little taller…it almost is like Halloween pumpkin teeth!
The Christmas Star is next: use your orange pastel and draw a straight line from north to south. Then put a line across making a cross. Another line diagonally across makes a sparkly star. Pick up your yellow and put a yellow circle around the outside of your star .
Your beautiful, velvet blue sky is added next. Turn your dark blue pastel chalk on the side and color the sky in; remember your yellow circle guards the Christmas Star, so don’t cross over the blue into the star area. Take your finger and smooth the blue until all the white paper is covered. You can add some purple to make the sky really dark, smooth it with your finger also.
Now we will finish the Christmas Star: It is best to take a paper towel or rag and clean the yellow chalk off from any other colors that may be on the yellow chalk. Carefully fill in as much of the white around the star as you can, it is ok to cover up some of the orange of the star.
Please know this: The picture is YOURS, and YOU can draw it and make it your own, the way you like it. I think you should put this drawing in the box with your Christmas ornaments when Christmas is over; be sure to put the date and your name on it, so years from now you can show YOUR family what you drew way back in 2012!
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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 (50 free lessons now) are all contained in the post Pastels plus links to tutorials. 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.
- Encouragement: How to Start Art with Little Ones and How to Add in the Joy of Art.
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