Friday, January 1, 2010

Poinsettias in Pastels

I meant to share these with you earlier, but I got busy. A Wonderful Christmas. Fun with Family. Friends. A New Year to Welcome.

This was a one-day project for my Art Club kids. While some worked on finishing their Aboriginal- inspired paintings, the rest had fun with soft pastels. I only got a few photos... but I hope you enjoy them...

I brought in a couple of poinsettias as inspiration, but the artists could decide on color, composition, and choose to work on black or white paper.

Soft pastel chalks are so blendy. And so messy! One or two fingers worked best.

We also talked about how to make the composition interesting by varying the size and shape of the spaces, allowing some of the lines to go off the edge, and by creating layers of colors.

The finished pieces were spayed with hair spray as a light fixative. (Be sure to test first! One hairspray made big spots instead of a fine mist. Not good!)

I'll share their Aussie paintings soon.

Make it a wonderful day!


  1. I see lots of talent. Love kids artwork :) Glad you are available to guide them and help their creative juices flow. There just isn't enough of that for children these days! Thanks for sharing! Happy 2010!!

  2. I too love kids artwork. My kids are grown and I still have lots of theirs. These photos of the artwork just makes me want to throw caution to the wind and just sit and play with the paints, pastels, crayons, etc.! Wish I have a free day to do just that with no interrupts. New Year blessings to you, Karen

  3. Soft pastels were my favorite! I loved them enough my parents got me a box for at home as a kid. It's such a fond memory, I really appreciate getting reminded of it! Happy New Year!

  4. Oh, I love this too! I have to get some! Were they doing that on regular construction paper or do you have to have special paper? How old are the kids you are teaching?