Simple Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape

Try starting with colored paper to give your chalk pastel drawings a little more punch, especially with simple fall landscapes.   MATERIALS Construction paper, orange or yellow Chalk pastels Spray fixative, if desired   DIRECTIONS 1. Starting with an orange or yellow sheet of construction paper, students draw a horizon line a quarter of the way down the paper with chalk. 2. Three round circles for the trees are drawn and filled in with … Read More

Solar Eclipse 2017 Art

  Here’s a solar eclipse art project that is easy for all ages and good shading practice. Love it when science and art work together. MATERIALS Astrobright cardstock paper (found mine at Staples) Old yogurt cup for tracing Scrap cardstock paper (for cut circle) Masking tape Scissors Chalk pastel   DIRECTIONS 1. Trace circle with cup, cut out. Apply a roll of masking tape to the back.   2. Stick circle to center of … Read More

Chalk Pastel Drawing and Glue

Here is how I made my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m not sure which art stores carry it, but it’s available at good old Amazon right now (see my link below). Follow the steps below to see just how I made this art. Once the design was chosen, it was easy! MATERIALS • … Read More

Escher Eye Drawing

M.C. Escher was one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He created many visual riddles, and an amazingly detailed piece titled “Eye” that offers lots of detail. Students may use either soft drawing pencils or black charcoal pencils. Whichever media, they need to be able to sharpen their tools to make fine detailed lines. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Charcoal or soft drawing pencil DIRECTIONS 1. Students may draw the football eye shape, … Read More

Giant Chalk Self Portrait

The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with more control, so much more than if they had been working on a 9″x 12″ paper. We had no puddles or unrecognizable glue shapes anywhere. MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • White glue • Chalk pastels DIRECTIONS 1. I … Read More

Tree Silhouette Art

This tree silhouette art is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Old CD for tracing • Chalk pastels (blue and purple recommended) • Tempera cake paint, black • Paint brush, water DIRECTIONS 1. Students traced a CD on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of paper. The background of the “moon” was … Read More

Student Chalk Pastel Apples

A quick look at how some of my 4th graders made their apple drawings last week. I love how the oil pastel made a very thick edge, and literally helped keep the chalk from spreading all over the place. They also used colorful card stock, not your average construction paper, which I think really helped these drawings pop off the page. Great job kids! Save Save Save

How to Draw An Apple, and Shade it Like a Pro

If you want to learn how to draw an apple, you don’t have to settle for just a flat shape. Add a white highlight and shaded side and bam! Pretty real looking fruit. Thank you messy-but-you-do-your-job chalk pastels. MATERIALS • Colored paper, I used Recollections Card Stock in Navy • Black oil pastel • Chalk pastels DIRECTIONS 1. Draw an apple that FILLS one sheet of paper. 2. Trace it with a black oil … Read More

Black Chalk Paper

Here is how I make my cover art for a new paper from Strathmore. It’s very thick and black, perfect for those projects that always made construction paper flop and wrinkle. I’m not sure which art stores carry it, but it’s available at good old Amazon right now (see my link below). Follow the steps below to see just how I made this art. Once the design was chosen, it was easy! MATERIALS • … Read More

Full Moon Tree

This full moon tree painting is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Old CD for tracing • Chalk pastels (blue and purple recommended) • Tempera cake paint, black • Paint brush, water DIRECTIONS 1. Students traced a CD on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of paper. The background of the “moon” … Read More

Giacometti Glue Drawing

Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) was a Swiss sculptor, famous for his strangely elongated human forms. I’ve discovered that drawing these figures with glue is both easy, AND the perfect medium to match the texture in his sculpture. I’ve made a drawing tutorial to guide students in drawing their own. The goal is to have them experiment with different posts, but still keep a very thin and elongated look. • View and download Giacometti Figure Tutorial … Read More

Chalk Pastel Fall Landscape

This kind of simple landscape lets chalk pastels do what they do best – make smudgy, soft colorful shapes.   MATERIALS Construction paper, orange or yellow Chalk pastels Spray fixative, if desired   DIRECTIONS 1. Starting with an orange or yellow sheet of construction paper, students draw a horizon line a quarter of the way down the paper with chalk. 2. Three round circles for the trees are drawn and filled in with fall … Read More

Giant Chalk Pastel Portraits

The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with more control, so much more than if they had been working on a 9″x 12″ paper. We had no puddles or unrecognizable glue shapes anywhere. MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • White glue • Chalk pastels DIRECTIONS 1. I … Read More

M.C. Escher Eye Drawing

M.C. Escher was one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He created many visual riddles, and an amazingly detailed piece titled “Eye” that offers lots of detail. Students may use either soft drawing pencils or black charcoal pencils. Whichever media, they need to be able to sharpen their tools to make fine detailed lines. MATERIALS • Drawing paper • Charcoal or soft drawing pencil DIRECTIONS 1. Students may draw the football eye shape, … Read More

Snowman on Skis

My drawing was made on black paper and traced with white glue. After the glue dries, the art can be colored in with chalk or color sticks.   MATERIALS Download Snowman Tutorial Black card stock paper Pencil White glue Chalk pastel or Crayola Color Sticks   DIRECTIONS Use a pencil to draw the snowman on black paper as shown on the tutorial. Trace the drawing with solid lines of white glue. Dry the drawing … Read More

Moon and Tree Silhouette

This tree silhouette art is a multimedia project using chalk pastel and tempera cake paint. Each media does what they do best – make fuzzy backgrounds and opaque coloring. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Old CD for tracing • Chalk pastels (blue and purple recommended) • Tempera cake paint, black • Paint brush, water DIRECTIONS 1. Students traced a CD on a 9″ x 12″ sheet of paper. The background of the “moon” was … Read More

Glue and Pastel Spiderweb

This basic glue and chalk pastel process can be used with a variety of subject matter. This spiderweb worked well for little hands that were just learning how to control a glue bottle. MATERIALS • Black card stock paper • White glue • Chalk pastels DIRECTIONS WEEK ONE: On a sheet of black construction paper, students make a dot with a pencil somewhere near the center. They are to draw straight lines out from … Read More

Spheres in Space

Learning how to turn a circle into a sphere can be lots of fun if you use an outer space theme. 1. Die cut presses and heavy mat board were invaluable for making quick circle templates. I created 2″ and 3″ templates with circles cut out of the middle so students could easily see and trace five to seven 3″ circles in pencil on a black sheet of paper. Encourage students to draw some … Read More

Pastel Cactus Drawing

One of my favorite combos is blending chalk pastels over dried glue. When I saw this cactus illustration, I knew it would make a great image and allow for some simple shading practice.   MATERIALS Black construction paper, 9″ x 12″ or larger White glue Chalk pastels Spray sealer (optional)   DIRECTIONS I used 9″ x 12″ black paper, but recommend something larger for 1st or 2nd grade students. I had to really be … Read More

Oversized Chalk Self-Portraits

The idea of coloring with chalk over dried glue lines is not new to me, but trying it out on really large paper was. I loved how it let students draw with more control, so much more than if they had been working on a 9″x 12″ paper. We had no puddles or unrecognizable glue shapes anywhere. MATERIALS • Black construction paper, 18″ x 24″ • White glue • Chalk pastels DIRECTIONS 1. I … Read More

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