One of our favorite Five in a Row books is Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening. Of course the poem is by Robert Frost. And this being the start of winter, it is a perfect time for a snowy evening chalk art tutorial. We love the illustrations by Susan Jeffers.
Snowy Evening Chalk Art Tutorial
Just a few supplies needed: plain, white paper. Black chalk pastel and some baby wipes or wet paper towels for easy clean up.
Begin by simply sketching sticks for trees. You are creating the woods. And there is no other color. Just the woods and the snow. Black and white. Keep in mind that the wind blew the snow on one side of the trees. So aim to show that in your chalk painting. The woods are thick. The branches intersect.
The only other sound’s the sweepOf easy wind and downy flake.
Next, you might want to turn your attention to the one, nice, big, thick tree. Its branches are beautiful. Enjoy drawing the branches and the deep shadows on the left side with your black chalk pastel. Take your time and sketch the tiny branches too.
Now, your horse and sleigh are coming through the woods. Don’t worry too much about making them perfect. They are far away from the viewer. Notice that the horse is stepping, so one leg is bent. The horse also has warm blanket and the driver a warm cap.
Blend the woods just slightly. Do this by taking your finger and just carefully going over your black chalk marks. Just slightly. This helps to soften the woods – just like the snow!
I just love how these turned out! All with white paper and a black chalk pastel.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,But I have promises to keep,And miles to go before I sleep,And miles to go before I sleep.
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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.
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Paint the snowy scene even if you don’t have snow out your door because – you ARE an artist!