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Christmas Chalk Pastel Joy

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It’s Christmas chalk pastel joy.

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Chalk Pastel Christmas Homeschool

There are so many ways to make this time of year truly special. But, let’s face it. The holidays can be chaotic.

I for one like to put away the “academics” and focus more on what I like to call “Christmas School!”

It’s all about building relationships and focusing on what this time of year is all about.

“Christmas School” may include the study of:

  • Religious Significance
  • Holiday Baking and Cooking
  • Christmas Crafts or Homemade Gifts
  • Decorating
  • Volunteering and Giving Back to the Community

Did you know that we’ve even turned tracking Santa on Christmas Eve into a family fun geography event?

We still incorporate loads of read alouds, and games into December as well.

The beauty and magic of the holidays are upon us and your kids are going to love making Christmas chalk pastels. These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Christmas Chalk Pastel Joy

But art has been the most special of Christmas homeschool activities.

There is just something about art that is so delightful. It simply brings joy to our lives. We love to incorporate chalk pastels into our holiday plans because:

  1. They are quick (most lessons are only 10-15 minutes long)
  2. Chalk Pastels are easy to use for preschoolers through adults
  3. All you need is a cheap set of chalk pastels and construction paper

That’s it!

Plus, art makes a great gift.

These fun and easy chalk pastel tutorials help bring joy and celebration to the holidays. Especially when you add in a mug of hot cocoa, some twinkly lights, and a little Christmas music for an extra bit of enchantment. It's Christmas chalk pastel joy.

Even if you find your holiday schedule chaotic, there is time for Christmas art.

Now, throw in some Christmas goodies, and twinkle lights and you’ve got memories in the making. You can make your own homemade treats or pick something up from the store.

My kiddos are particularly fond of cakes, cookies, and pie with their hot cocoa. Keep a good supply of your child’s favorites on hand.

Alexa, play Christmas carols.

Turn on the Christmas Music

I love playing Christmas carols first thing in the morning during the month of December. It seems to set the tone for a tranquil and joyful day. Did you know that you can do a Christmas Carol Study with SQUILT on many of the Christmas Carols you may already be listening too? We have truly enjoyed learning about the history and origins of many Christmas Carols. Last year we even did a Unit Study on The Nutcracker.

I usually have Christmas music playing softly in the background as we dive into our holiday art!

Yes, I participate too! Art is more fun when it is shared!

We string lights all around. Even on our homeschool table and books. Twinkly lights just fill us with a cozy warmth.

I also like to leave our chalk pastels out for easy access, because my kids will use them all month long… and have for years!

There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want!  This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

Easy Christmas Art for Kids

With the Complete Clubhouse membership, we have access to a whole of holiday chalk pastel tutorials including:

  • Christmas Video Art Lessons
  • Nutcracker Video Art Lessons
  • Teatime Art Lessons including Charlie Brown Christmas and more

There are enough lessons for us to do new holiday homeschool art every day for the month of December if we want!

This year the Complete Clubhouse membership also has a special study on composer Handel and his Messiah.

There is even going to be a “How to draw” the Biblical map of Bethlehem! This will go beautifully with the Christmas Star of Bethlehem chalk pastel the kids did.

Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastels offer an easy and fun way for the whole family to slow down and enjoy the tranquility that only art can bring.

Art can be a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season. It can help us to reconnect as a family while building lovely memories filled with enchantment and joy. Christmas chalk pastel joy!

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.  

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How To Make Time for Preschool Art in Your Homeschool

It happens to all of us. We carefully plan our homeschool days and weeks, but we are so busy trying to cover all of the things that we often skip the most fun thing – art! Yep, we have all done it.

By the end of the day, most of us have homeschooled multiple children in multiple grade levels, and we are tired, spent, and some days just plain over it. But what we are skipping could actually be the subject that refreshes and renews our souls. Especially those little bitty souls.

Early learners need lots of play-based learning and time creating. We have to make time for preschool art in our homes and homeschools. Art is essential to the mental, social, and emotional growth of our early learners. Art is also a fantastic way to satisfy children’s natural curiosity for exploration and  experimentation.

How To Make Time for Preschool Art in Your Homeschool

So the question remains, how can we make time to include art? Here are 7 tips to help you plan and cover art in your preschool or homeschool each week.

1. No Pressure. Choose a realistic goal for how often you can include art. If daily seems like too much for you, no problem. Choose one project per week to include.

2. Incorporate Art In Your Lessons. It’s common for preschool lessons to be thematic. Luckily, a program like You Are An Artist is designed to help you easily choose a project to include with each theme. For example, if you are learning about farm animals, you can pick preschool farm art lessons from You Are An Artist with hardly any prep at all.The easiest and most affordable way to do this is with a membership.

3. Easy Mediums. There are plenty of art mediums to choose from, but pick one that feels most natural to your family. One of the reasons that chalk pastel art is so simple to blend into your homeschool is that there is little to prep or plan on your part. You hardly need any supplies, and that makes art incredibly effortless when you don’t need to gather up a lot of supplies beforehand. With chalk pastels, you only need construction paper, an affordable starter set of chalk pastels, and optional baby wipes for quick clean up.

4. Make It Fun. An excellent way to add art into your home consistently is to choose a day that is always art day. In our house, we have “Fun Fridays” and almost always end up adding in a chalk pastel art lesson. We may include our art project into weekly poetry tea time or enjoy a seasonal or holiday art lesson for the day. Whatever you decide, designating an art day or a fun learning day each week is a great way to make sure it doesn’t get skipped each week.

5. Explore with Nature. Preschoolers naturally love nature study, everything from exploring in the backyard to learning all about the seasons are sure to excite your early learner. Incorporate chalk pastel lessons as you learn about all of these things.

6. Include The Family. If you have children of all ages in your homeschool, there may be few subjects that you can combine. Another one of the perks of using You Are An Artist is that the whole family can join in on the fun. Chalk pastel art has no age requirements, and mom can even join in on the fun! We highly recommend it.

7. Plan Outside Of The Box. There are no rules for teaching preschool or homeschool, for that matter. You can plan to add art at the beginning of the day, along with morning time, or on a Saturday. If you feel like you don’t have time to include art into your daily routine, think about planning art during another part of your day and week. Maybe dad would like to join in the fun after dinner on Friday night. Be flexible and plan outside of your typical box.

I hope these ideas are helpful to you as you begin to plan in more art for your precious preschoolers. Art time with Nana is a big deal around our house, and I know it will be in yours too!

Courtney 

www.gracegrowedify.com

Preschool Curriculum Match Up Download

Be sure to download the free Preschool Curriculum Match Up to make planning preschool art time even easier!

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Courtney is a Jesus-pursuing, native Texan, homeschool mom of three, who believes homeschooling can be a peaceful and productive rhythm. At Grace, Grow & Edify she helps families create peaceful homeschooling atmospheres through faith, organizational strategies, and cultivating strong roots at home.

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Easy Mommy and Me Art Time with Chalk Pastels

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

How Our Mommy and Me Art Time with Chalk Pastels Started

Our mommy and me art time evolved from our practice of the Brave Writer’s lifestyle of poetry teatime. The idea behind this homeschool teatime is that you set aside one day a week to enjoy poetry.

  • Set the table with candles and attractive dishes or decorations
  • Serve a lovely beverage like tea, cider or in our case hot chocolate
  • Serve something yummy to eat like cookies or pie
  • Pile the table with poetry books from the library and from your bookshelves
  • Make it fun

The children developed such joy from our poetry teatime and one day it spilled over into our homeschool art time.

So it happened last December I found our Christmas chalk pastel art lessons helped me make a chaotic holiday weekend just a little bit more delightful!

We added hot cocoa and some pumpkin pie to this chalk pastel activity. I even joined in.

It was so fun!

And thus, our mommy and me art time was born!

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!My kiddos and I love the one on one time that art provides us. The kids and I connect as we each follow the art lessons that You ARE An Artist supplies.

We have been using chalk pastels video art lessons for years! It is a favorite of ours for easy and fun art lessons.

Why?

Because all you need are a cheap set of chalk pastels and construction paper to create beautiful works of art! Plus, anyone can do them from Pre-schoolers through adult.

But, when I saw the bit of magic that happened when I added myself along with the cocoa and pie, I realized that art time could be so much more.

Now, I make it a point to add in our mommy and me art time with chalk pastels weekly!

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

So, here is how I create an easy mommy and me time with chalk pastels:

  • Let the children pick which chalk pastel video art lesson they want to do. You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership makes this super simple because you get a bank of art lessons for all ages, plus new art lessons from “Nana” and themed art events throughout the year. Or you can choose from any number of video art lessons. One day my kids may be interested in backyard birds and another day they may choose a green-eyed tree frog or exploring spring.
  • Provide tasty treats and beverages! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Refill as needed.

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

  • Sometimes we incorporate books based on seasons or animals the children have expressed interest in or sometimes it’s a bit of poetry.
  • Leave your expectations at the door and just enjoy this time with your kids. Work alongside them as you both create your works of art.
  • Do your best and cheer your kiddos on as they do their best too! As “Nana” always says, “You ARE An Artist!” Expect pastel covered fingers and beverage spillage. I keep a roll of paper towels nearby for just such occasions.

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship? Share some one on one time with your kiddo with mommy and me art time with chalk pastels!

Take Time for Art and Connection

Taking the time to create art with your kids shows them that it is worth doing. As you connect with your child, they will see that art is interesting and fun. It shows them that you are engaged while also building your relationship through an easy and fun shared activity.

Art is just one way to provide quality one-on-one time with your kiddo. But for us, it has become an easy yet vital component to building strong bonds and the filling of their buckets while encouraging creativity and connection.

Are you looking for meaningful connections with your child? Did you know that art is a wonderful way to help strengthen your relationship?

Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.  

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Pumpkin Art Lessons Perfect For Fall Homeschooling

Just in time for fall,  these fun and engaging art projects are perfect for your homeschool! Take a look at all the different options available as you create your own homeschool pumpkin themed study.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson

Nana’s Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite.

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video art lesson! Nana's Fall pumpkin chalk pastel art lessons for all ages are always a favorite.

Pumpkin Art Lessons To Use In Your Fall Unit Studies

In addition to the fun of Charlie Brown,  you may also incorporate these You ARE an Artist lessons into your homeschool study.

 

Fall Themed Art Lessons

The Pumpkin Patch Parable Read Aloud

Might we suggest adding The Pumpkin Patch Parable to your Fall studies? This sweet book is a perfect addition to your pumpkin study.

Why Chalk Pastels Work So Well In Homeschool Art

  • A note on chalk pastels: Pastels are an easy, forgiving medium. Fun for children and adults alike! Details on the pastels and paper we use, how and where to purchase are in Our Favorite Chalk Pastels. A simple set is very affordable. Nana also teaches acrylic lessons.
  • The practical aspects of a mess: Pastels are blessedly messy. We always have baby wipes close by to wipe hands. We wear something we don’t mind getting stained or don a smock.

So, paint your Pumpkin Chalk Pastel Art and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @chalkpastelart on social media, use the #YouAREanArtist hashtag, or upload a photo to the ChalkPastel.com Facebook page!

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10 Benefits of Artist Clubhouse Membership

Just what ARE are the benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited, for sure. But here are the top 10 benefits for all artists:

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.10 Benefits of Artist Clubhouse Membership

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Art Planner – A beautiful, downloadable, pdf Art Planner is included with Artist Clubhouse membership. This planner has monthly views with clickable links to Nana’s video art lessons. Includes links to holiday art lessons for that month, artist birthdays and more! Perfect for tea time.

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Chalk Pastels at the Movies (bonus!) – Because it is such fun to paint a character or scene from a favorite movie or book, we have a whole collection of favorites. Narnia, Green Ember, Star Wars, Harry Potter, How to Train Your Dragon, The Incredibles and so many more!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Exclusive Art Lessons – Artist Clubhouse members enjoy exclusive art lessons. These are only available to our members and not sold as separate lessons in our shop. Special seasonal lessons, celebratory ones and hymn video art lessons are among the ones only for members. In addition, at the Complete Clubhouse level, Artist Clubhouse members have access to Nana’s growing series of Famous Artists, Composers, Presidents and Maps!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Summer Art Camp – Each June Nana offers a Summer Art Camp to complement her set of video art lessons. Exclusive and FUN new lessons each summer. One year we enjoyed an abstract acrylic!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Art Lesson Index (bonus!) – This extensive list is a go to! Because we have SO many lessons on SO many topics from preschool to adult – in courses and all over, this resources makes finding the lesson you want a cinch!

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Members Only Group – Our Facebook group just for You ARE An Artist Clubhouse members is a fun spot to find out the latest, hear an encouraging word from Nana and find out tips from other members.

What ARE are 10 benefits of Artist Clubhouse membership? The list is endless and access is unlimited. Here are the top 10 benefits for all artists.Bank of Art Lessons – The vault of video art lessons is currently worth over $4,000 and growing each month! The membership access extensive with over 50 courses and supporting products! (At $30 a month for Complete Clubhouse access, that is less than 1% of the total cost. Talk about a bargain).

Art for All Ages – We have always said that Nana’s art lessons truly are art for all ages. She taught our five children around the kitchen table. They grew from preschool to college age over those ten years. I even realized that I (Tricia, Nana’s daughter) AM an artist! For those that desire age-specific lessons, Nana has preschool lessons, A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels and A Simple Start in Acrylics. Then there is her I Drew It Then I Knew It Series aimed at middle to high school age. We also have to share that there are many parents that love to enjoy Nana’s lessons for just a little creative time. And these lessons are also such fun for Mom and Me time.

History and art are a beautiful combination. Expand your medieval history studies and make them come alive with chalk pastel art and our Medieval Video Art Course. I Drew It Then I Knew It!History Lessons – You will say, “I Drew It Then I Knew It!” with Nana’s offering of art lessons for all four eras of history! Ancients, Medieval, Knights & Crusaders, American History, Modern History, American Landmarks, Art in Space, Inventors plus the exclusive and growing sets of Presidents, Maps, Famous Artists and Composers. There is so much to complement the learning already happening in your homeschool. Painting with Nana helps reinforce the understanding and comprehension of a subject you are studying.

Nana – She is the best! Of course, she is my mama. We are a mother/daughter team. Our Hodgepodge  (our homeschool family) all works together to bring you these fabulous lessons. But don’t take it from me!

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Favorite Chalk Pastel Art Sets

For over a decade now, we have built a love of art with Nana and our favorite art medium – chalk pastels. In that time, we have decided on our favorite chalk pastel art sets. Because we are a multi-generational homeschool family, we like to keep things frugal – so all ages can enjoy rich art at a low cost. We found that Alphacolor has really wonderful, student-grade chalk pastel art sets. These sets are full of beautiful sticks of color!

Speaking of favorites, our true favorites are you artists! We love to see your photos of your beautiful chalk pastel paintings. We love having you in our You ARE an Artist Clubhouse. And so we are giving away some of our favorite chalk pastel art sets.

we have built a love of art with Nana and our favorite art medium – chalk pastels. In that time we have decided on our favorite chalk pastel art sets.

We are celebrating you! And we are celebrating our I Drew It Then I Knew It series of chalk pastel art lessons. (You should check those out!)

AND, as of October 2020, Nana has over 600 video art lessons and 51 courses in the You ARE an Artist Complete Clubhouse! Wow!

This is one of our very favorite sets of chalk pastels – Alphacolor 144 chalk pastel sticks. When you are REALLY ready for sharing around the kitchen table!

Favorite Chalk Pastel Art Sets and More

And here is one more thing that is absolutely free for you! Join our community!

Join our You ARE an Artist Facebook Group and our Instagram community!

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How to Keep Chalk Pastel Colors Bright

This is the simplest tip there is! Here is how to keep chalk pastel colors bright.

Chalk pastel sticks all dirty after layering colors? Here is how to keep chalk pastel colors bright with just a dry paper towel. You ARE an Artist!

 

Chalk pastel sticks all dirty after layering colors? Simply get a dry paper towel. Gently wipe the chalk pastel stick on the dry paper towel. Bright colors return!

Chalk pastel sticks all dirty after layering colors? Here is how to keep chalk pastel colors bright with just a dry paper towel. You ARE an Artist!

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Chalk Pastel Art Applying Fixative

In this video, Nana shows you how to apply a fixative to your finished chalk pastel painting. In chalk pastel art applying fixative is not hard at all! By applying fixative such as a simple layer of inexpensive aerosol hair spray, you can preserve your chalk pastel art. Nana also discusses framing a chalk pastel painting under glass.

Chalk Pastel Art Applying Fixative


Suggested supplies for applying fixative:

  • Finished chalk pastel painting.
  • Inexpensive hair spray works as well as more expensive art sealant.
  • Go outdoors to apply if at all possible!
Chalk Pastel Art Applying Fixative. Nana shows you how to apply a fixative to your finished chalk pastel painting using inexpensive aerosol hair spray.

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