Easy tutorials that get kids creating *real* art in no time! #homeschool #art A review from @thesetemptents

I’ve come to the conclusion, after years of moving and meeting hundreds of other homeschool families, that each family has a strong emphasis on certain skills and topics in their educational adventures.

Depending on the interests of the kids and parents, families tend to focus on some areas more than others. I know families that are very musical (like everyone plays an instrument), or do a lot of high-level science together.

Our homeschool has always focused heavily on the arts. Both of the girls delight in drawing, painting, sculpting, and paper crafts.

Watercolors are our favorite medium, but since the movers refused to ship our paints to Korea (naughty movers), I had been looking for a new technique for us to try.

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A {super} Simple Start in Chalk Pastels

Enter Tricia from Hodgepodge and her amazing book A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels!

I was first introduced to chalk pastels through a beautiful post that Tricia wrote in dedication to “Nana”  – her mother and a Master Artist who gives her grandchildren the gift of her talents through pastel lessons.

I was veklempt.

So when I got a copy of the ebook with Nana’s lessons in it to review – I was ecstatic!

We wasted no time getting started!

Watermelon - chalk pastel

Fun art tutorials for all ages

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels is an ebook full of colorful tutorials arranged by theme (landscape, birds, food, seasonal, etc). It also has a handy reference guide for supplies.

All you will need to start making chalk pastel art is a set of pastels, paper, and baby wipes for cleanup!

We started with a simple set of pastels from the local dollar store and computer printer paper. It does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to implement art into your homeschool.

Chalk pastel sets - from Dick Blick

Later when we all decided that pastels were going to be a staple in our house, we invested in a 48 piece student set for each of the girls and some better paper.

The tutorials are very simple to understand and are arranged so that all ages can make art without heavy instructions or complicated techniques.

We set up an old shower curtain on the floor and had plenty of baby wipes at the ready. Chalk pastels can get messy, so it’s important to clean little hands and feet when you are done.

What we loved about A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels

I loved the fact that I could bring up the tutorials on my laptop and set it on a chair near our work-space.

tutorials on laptop

Nana gently guides you through each tutorial, giving you master artist tips along the way.

The girls have learned so much from the lessons, and they enjoy each one. Even Gaius gets in on the fun at times. The girls showed him how to blend the colors with his closed fist.

Each tutorial takes about 15-30 minutes from start to finish. We usually sit together and make art for way longer than that, sometimes doing two or three tutorials.

They have used their skills developed from this ebook to make their own creations as well.

moon relection

Raven used chalk pastel techniques she learned to make this scene of the sea reflecting the moonlight – from one of our Civil War books.

Create awesome art – even if you are artistically challenged!

A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels is perfect for:

  • All ages – preschool to adult
  • Homeschool, classrooms, or coop groups
  • The artistic family
  • Even the art-challenged!

The 100 page, 45 tutorial, colorful ebook is $19.99 and includes two video lessons led by Nana.

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One Response to A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels {Review}

  1. […] A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels e-book from Southern Hodgepodge blog. She has a whole series of chalk art e-books that look wonderful! I have been reading some wonderful reviews on them. Reviews by Harrington Harmonies, The Chaos and the Clutter, and These Temporary Tents […]

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