I absolutely love art lessons that involve chalk and oil pastels. The kids enjoy the vibrant colors of oil pastels and the magic that occurs when you blend several chalk pastels together!
Grade two’s went on a hunt for flowers so that they could draw them as big as possible inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. We are now huge fans of this wonderful famous American artist. My students related very quickly to her artwork and fell in love with the giant flowers.
After saying ‘abra-cadabra’ and turning all of my students into tiny people, we all imagined being in a garden surrounded by GIANT flowers. Each child had a real flower to draw and they drew these on 12×18 black construction paper. They outlined their finished drawings with white crayon and decided whether to color in their flowers with warm or cool colors.
One group colored in with chalk pastels and used their ‘magic fingers’ to blend the colors and the other group colored in with oil pastels. The backgrounds were the opposite of their flowers. make sure to use good quality pastels. I use these Sargent brand for chalk and these for oil pastels.
How gorgeous are these? I am sure Georgia would have loved them as much as I do!
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