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Summer Art Projects 2016 – Can’t Wait!

Summer is the time to do some projects…it is always nice to have time off but creating a little art together is not only a nice change of pace when the weather is too hot or wet to be outside, but it also gives you an activity that can stimulate further exploring with art materials and ideas. Here are some to get you started.


Kandinsky Circles – Oil Pastel Project

This lesson is actually a Youtube video! Make sure to view the artwork first (here is one to get you started) and then get them started on their own version of Kandinsky’s Circles.


Weaving With Cardboard and Yarn

We had this project in one of our Hearts and Trees kits a few years ago. What an easy and entertaining afternoon project! We used varigated color yarn to make it easy. Create coasters for your family and friends. Use the woven pieces with dolls, nature tables, or playhouses.


Create Some Mondrian LEGO Art

This link has visual ideas and a printable that you may wish to use. Always view some Mondrian color block art first! Then pull out your LEGOS for a fun hands on activity.

Starry Night Ornaments

These are going to take special materials and some patience. Aren’t they gorgeous? I am going to invite some friends over and we are going to make some to hang around the house.Here is the link to the painting to inspire you: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.

Send me a photo or leave me a comment if you complete any of the suggested projects with your family. Let me know how it goes!

Once a Month Art Supply – Chalk Pastels

Chalk Pastels Art Supply @harmonyfinearts

This month I am going to be sharing an art supply that I have historically had a love/hate relationship with as an artist. Let’s just say with the right instruction I have come to appreciate the versatility and the vibrant colors that you can achieve with chalk pastels. A big part of my training has come from Tricia Hodges and her mom, Lucia Hames. They have created art tutorials for chalk pastels that show just how easy and fun they can be for artists of all ages…more on that below.

Which chalk pastels do I use?

Reeves Soft Pastels – set of 36 (ASIN B000UNRNXY)

I have a set of Reeves soft pastels…which I learned that soft pastels and chalk pastels are the same. These are so reasonably priced that you could buy a set for each child because I know when I used them with my kids they would get upset if another person broke their pastel or sort of mixed the colors by blending. I say give each person their own box and don’t let the topic of contention even come up.

I have always used pastel paper with our chalk pastels but I know that Tricia and Lucia work most of their projects on plain printer paper. I would recommend working with both until you figure out which gives you the results you like best.

There have been several chalk pastel projects here on Harmony Fine Arts that I will include links to here in this entry.

I created two YouTube videos for beginning chalk pastel users. These two videos actually go along with my Harmony Fine Arts plans for year 4 but they are applicable to anyone who just needs a little nudge to get started. I hope you find them helpful and give you the confidence to give chalk pastels a try.

Chalk Pastels for Beginners – #1

Chalk Pastels for Beginners – #2


 Paul Klee Chalk Pastel Project button

My art co-op class completed a series of Paul Klee projects and the chalk pastel project was one of our favorite ones! Use the free printable activity instructions included in the entry to create wonderful abstract art with your children.  Here is the link to the lesson: Paul Klee Chalk Pastel Lesson and Printable.

Art for All Ages

I have shared some of our art work done after viewing the chalk pastel video tutorials and the instruction in the Southern Hodgepodge ebooks….much can be accomplished by watching and learning from a master artist. Please note I am an affiliate for these products and have received free ebooks in the past for use in my family.


 Tricia did a guest post right here on my blog a few years ago that featured a dragonfly! I loved this one: Dragonfly Chalk Pastel.

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels

If you have a set of chalk pastels on your shelf, why not pull them out this month and complete some of the tutorials found in the free ebook “A Simple Start to Chalk Pastels” available to subscribers. Follow this link to find out how you can download a copy for your family: Southern Hodgepodge.

But if you really want a good deal, use the discount code CHALKART for 25% off any purchase (including bundles) during the month of December. This is such a generous discount on already reasonable priced ebooks! I highly recommend this product to go along with your chalk pastels….please note that I am an affiliate for Southern Hodgepodge and will receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links found in this entry.


You ARE an Artist Curriculum
My favorite chalk pastel resources! I have used these with my young friends and highly recommend them as an affiliate.

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Summer Art- Guest Chalk Pastel Tutorial

This week we are taking a break from our study of Picasso…stay tuned for another Picasso themed assignment next week!

Today’s art tutorial is from my special friend, Tricia Hodges. After you create your own seahorse pastel, make sure to share you artwork with the Sketch Tuesday slideshow. See the details below.

Seahorse Chalk Pastel Tutorial

Homeschooling for over a dozen years now, Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos with five children from preschool to high school. She and her mother, Lucia Hames, are co-authors of art curriculum for all ages and offer free art lessons at Hodgepodge. She and her husband, Steve, also share reviews and are owners of The Curriculum Choice.

Use this classic tutorial from Tricia Hodges to create your own seahorse artwork using chalk pastels. You can use the link below to view the tutorial over on Hodgepodge (print friendly button for printing the instructions out if you wish).

Seahorse Chalk Pastel

You can also view the tutorial video!

How to Draw a Seahorse from Tricia Hodges Video on YouTube

Due date to be included in the slideshow: July 21, 2014.
All artists are welcome and there is no need to sign up. Send in your artwork in jpg format to: [email protected]

Here is the slideshow with last week’s assignment:  Picasso Roosters.


If you enjoy today’s chalk pastel tutorial from Tricia Hodges, make sure to check out the large selection of ebooks available over on her website!

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