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