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. So let’s have some Pete the Cat chalk pastel fun in the style of artist James Dean.
I love my white shoes, I love my white shoes…
Pete the Cat Chalk Pastel Fun
“Oh no! Pete stepped in a big pile of strawberries” (or oh no, I made a pastel mark I didn’t mean to)…
“Was Pete sad? Goodness no, he just kept walking along and singing his song…” (and we’d just smudge the unwanted mark, layer and adjust. We just kept looking at the Pete the Cat cover and drawing our cats.)
Nana studied the back of the Pete the Cat book and sketched off part of Pete’s face for Lil’ Buddy. He then blended the pastels with his finger, filling in Pete’s face. Just a little bit more time with art each time and he is growing a love. He’s told me the past two afternoons, “Mama, I want to paint!”
And we just enjoyed this time drawing Pete the Cat by looking at the cover, noticing the details, and creating them with chalk pastels. It was fun making the curve of Pete’s tail. The yellow of his eyes. Those long whiskers. And, of course, we loved drawing the white shoes!
Because it’s all good.
Nana’s video art lesson of Pete the Cat in the style of artist James Dean.
- Pete the Cat – Free song and story download available on the Harper Collins Children’s Book site.
- Find even more Pete the Cat books at your local library or browse the Pete the Cat Series at Amazon (affilate link)
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- 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.
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-originally published July 2012