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Lesson I-1E: Techniques to Make Chalk Pastels Fun

Making a Sampler of Chalk Pastel Techniques

The lesson is suitable for students in kindergarten through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

In this art lesson, you’ll learn techniques that will give your chalk pastel pictures variety and interest:

  • Types of paper best suited for chalk pastels,
  • How to prepare construction paper for use with chalk pastels,
  • The effects of pressure on the chalk,
  • Ways to blend color, and
  • Ways to create texture.

Students will practice these techniques by creating a sampler on construction paper,  a sampler that can be used as a reminder of the broad potential of chalk pastels to create pictures with vibrant color and exciting contrasts.
We recommend that students use this lesson to prepare other lessons with chalk pastels:

  • The Sri Lankan Landscape With an Elephant,
  • The Eastern European Firebird,
  • Drawing People With Degas, and
  • Diocletian’s Palace in Croatia.

The techniques in this lesson will help students make the art work in other chalk pastel lessons uniquely their own.

This lesson is available in video format only.


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • A sheet of light colored construction paper
  • A drawing board
  • Masking tape
  • Medium grain sand paper
  • Chalk pastels, a Q-tip
  • Tissue paper
  • A fixative (I’ll use some cheap lacquer hair spray)


Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • Edgar Degas liked to use chalk pastels for his work. Enjoy these books about Degas:
    • Edgar Degas, (#ad) from the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series, uses cartoons and art reproductions to give an introduction to Degas. This book is a good place to start learning about the artist.
    • Learn about Degas at this website.
    • Degas and the Little Dancer (Anholt's Artists Books For Children) (#ad) tells about Marie, a girl who was the model for some of Degas' work.
    • What Makes a Degas a Degas? (#ad) is a terrific introduction to Degas for old children, and helps kids study his  style, composition, color, and subject matter.
    • A Day with Degas (#ad) is a great way to introduce kids to Degas, while also sparking their own creativity.


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • 30 minutes



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