Chalk pastel art is very popular in our home!
My children begged me for another chalk pastel lesson for our weekly art appreciation …
After viewing several of John Singer Sargent’s paintings, we voted and then, because we couldn’t settle on one, we chose to do 2 paintings ~
Miss.T18 and Miss.K14 focused on “Rosina”
while Miss.L11 and I selected “A Gust of Wind“
Miss.K used her new birthday gift; her nifty aluminium, collapsible easel to prop up the printouts.
(My hubby and I agreed to buy our 14-year-old some quality birthday gifts to encourage her natural creativity! Along with the easel which comes in a lovely carry bag, she received some canvasses, acrylic paints and a lovely set of drawing pencils.
I purchased some very basic leather tools for her ~ a bag of mixed leather pieces, some needles, waxed thread, special leather pen and eraser, eyelets and studs and an assortment of brads and buckles.)
But, back to Sargent’s art appreciation lessons …
Here are the “Rosina” chalk pastel paintings ~
And here are our “A Gust of Wind” chalk pastel paintings.
This week, my youngest did not once worry or fret about her art work.
Here are free downloads ~
The reason my older daughters love chalk pastels is that they can cover ‘mistakes’ with extra layers. They even use an eraser and rub out small sections! Because it has a ‘loose’ feel, they do not feel that they have to get the details perfect, but I am stunned by the clarity and detail they achieve.
Chalk pastels are a simple medium which produce gorgeous effects. I love the color combinations, the smudged effect when you rub an area, the quick way you can cover a whole page with the side of the chalk .
We use all three types ~ the basic chalk pieces, really good quality wrapped chalk pieces and my extra-special set of chalk pencils. We have discovered that one cannot really use the chalk pencils over other chalked areas, so now we save the area where we want to use the pencils for the last phase, when we ‘pull out’ the details.
We each use a section of toilet paper to keep our hands fairly clean, and we quickly wipe the dust off the plastic tablecloth with a damp cloth.
I really encourage you to try chalk pastels for some of the less detailed, precise art works you and your children may study!