My Blue Boat: A Pastels Tutorial The joy of art. We are blessed that way. See, for over two years now Nana has taught the children chalk pastel lessons on a variety of subjects. She teaches all the children at once – multiple ages. And I join in now and then too! How about you? Won’t you join us? Consider this your personal invitation! Let
This robin pastels 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 complement our studies. Here is what we did. We watched robins in the backyard. Then we opened our favorite bird field guide.
The very first time Nana taught us a pastel lesson was a little over two years ago, in February 2010. That day, we created one of our favorite subjects: the beach! Funny thing was, she was snowed in at our house. Inches of snow were piled up outside. But inside, we created puffy clouds, an ocean view and a path to that beach… Nana brought
When there is someone with amazing talent in your midst, you can’t help but share. Maybe since I’ve grown up with her paintings, her artistic touches, I might have taken her gifts for granted. These gifts she has. Being able to look at something and copy it with her artist’s eye. To see it and translate it to another piece of paper. The ability to
Chickadees are a frequent visitor to our backyard feeder. Photo of a favorite Christmas card We love their little black caps – though our southern variety is the carolina chickadee. The two are very similar, as you’ll notice below. So, upon request, Nana taught us a chickadee pastel lesson. Thank you, Nana! We pulled out the field guides and studied the chickadee shape. You may
I found myself looking through my archives for some Christmas favorites. So, I thought it would be good to place them all in a nice little spot. Favorites like recipes we use often in December, advent resources and holiday and winter art. He appeared and the soul felt its worth… From all three Hodgepodge categories – homemaking, homecooking and homeschooling: Christmas Ponderings: Three Gifts for
We were admiring the maple tree in the backyard… …noticing how beautiful the yellow leaves were against the gray sky. Nana said she could show us how to capture the beauty of the tree in chalk pastels. Using an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper, we drew the line for the ground about 3/4 of the way down the paper. We then turned our
Inspired by our current Tapestry of Grace studies, Nana taught us how to create castles with pastels! Gather your castle battalion of colors. Black, gray, green, light blue, brown and pink. Then, using your black, draw a simple, glass shape. This is the main structure of your castle. Next, add the ‘teeth’ on the castle front as well as a tower on either side, as