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My sweet friend, Tricia, and her mother have been treating us to pastel tutorials over at Hodgepodge for quite some time. I’ve enjoyed those posts so much! Chalks are very forgiving, making it easy for children to find success quickly. There are many other benefits to using pastels, too:
- Preparation for the projects is quick and simple.
- Projects only require a few tools.
- Chalks can be used by all ages at once.
- There is relatively little mess to worry about.
Now, much to my excitement, Tricia and Lucia have put together an entire e-book of pastel tutorials for us! A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels contains 45 lessons – more than a year’s worth if you use one lesson per week!
The lessons are conveniently divided into the themes of landscapes, weather, trees, birds, flowers and butterflies, food and seasonal topics. Since I often tie art together with nature study, the nature topics have been especially useful to me!
I am NO artist. Really. My children and I have achieved beautiful finished products every single time we’ve followed Tricia and Lucia’s tutorials. It’s so wonderful to feel like an artist when looking at the end result! (The conifers below were completed by children 4-14 years old.)
Each e-book tutorial begins with a photo of the finished project, followed by a short list of supplies and some quick tips for success. Step-by-step directions and photographs take you through each project from start to finish. Directions are clear, concise and friendly. It’s almost like Tricia or Lucia is standing right over your shoulder encouraging you the whole way through!
For those of you new to using pastels, a thorough introduction to their use is included. This covers everything from where to find pastel chalks and how to organize them to dealing with the chalky hands and storing your art projects. You’ll even find links to two bonus video tutorials!
At the end of the book, Tricia and Lucia have provided wonderful, rich links for practical use of pastels in your homeschool. There’s even a section teaching you about special considerations when doing art with little ones.
This book is a gem! Learn more about A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels by visiting Hodgepodge.