I have been envious of Tricia from HodgePodge for awhile. You see, her mom comes over and teaches her grandkids how to use chalk pastels. How cool is that? An in-house art teacher! You see I have great intentions of teaching art to my kids, but never seem to get around to it in a consistent manner. This month and the month of January, I am setting aside intentional art time. In fact, that is going to be one of the few things we work on during that time for homeschool! We’re starting out by using Nana’s Free Pastels Tutorials over on HodgePodge.
I picked up a set of chalk pastels at Hobby Lobby. Don’t forget to use your 40% off coupon!
Since it is almost Christmas, our first project was the Christmas Star. This was the first time my kids had ever used chalk pastels. We went over some basic techniques and rules and then followed Nana’s tutorial.
My children really got into the project and took their time following the steps. Even my 4year old and 5 year old did this project. (The 2yr. old sat at the table but we gave her colored pencils instead) 🙂
They were very proud of their final projects!
This is my 4yr. old’s interpretation of the town of Bethlehem. 🙂 She LOVED doing this project.
Since we were enjoying our art time so much, we went ahead and did the Christmas Tree tutorial too. The wonderful thing is that over 50 of these art tutorials can be found for free over at HodgePodge blog. Of course, I had to complain. 😉 I told her that what would really be helpful is if these wonderful tutorials were all in one document that I could print out, bind with my cool binding machine, and bring to our art table.
What projects have you been working on?