A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels – Semester 2

You asked for it! A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels Video Art Course is now available – with semester options! Because you ARE an artist.

What is included in the course?

  • Your second semester of 20 Spring & Summer seasonal chalk pastel lessons
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Techniques encourage both new artists and challenge more advanced ones
  • Independent learning for older students
  • FAQs
  • Glossary of art techniques
  • You ARE an Artist Facebook group – share photos of art work, ask questions and encourage each other!

Begin with any art lesson that appeals to you. Each of these tutorials is designed for students of all ages.

General Suggestions for Chalk Art

In addition to a starter set of chalk pastels, there are very few supplies we suggest you have on hand. Regular copy or printer paper works very well. Construction paper is also wonderful for the layering and blending of colors. It is our favorite. Dampened paper towels or baby wipes make for easy clean up and help in cleaning off hands between colors.


Love Bird

Complexity: Easy

A fun art lesson for Valentine’s Day or to use to decorate a get well card! A sweet, five-step set of directions.

Three Little Chicks

Complexity: Easy

Learn how to skumble by turning your chalk pastel stick on its side – and make some fluffy chicks!


Complexity: Standard

Chalk pastel colors are beautiful blended and layered on top of each other. Learn how rich the colors can be! You may want to pull out your favorite bird field guide.

Bird’s Nest

Complexity: Standard

Learn how how to weave the colors just like birds do – making layers with chalk pastels. The results are gorgeous!


Complexity: Easy

Swirling, blending and fisting techniques for this powerful depiction of weather in action.


Complexity: Easy

A fun spring time or any time art lesson.

To the Woods

Complexity: Standard

Draw a path that leads your eye deep into the woods and make some underbrush with – can you believe it – purple! Plus you will add some shadows on the path to show the afternoon light.

Lily Pad

Complexity: Standard

Learn how to draw water in motion with this beautiful chalk pastel lesson! Techniques include blending, fisting and reflection. Also an explanation of why we love black construction paper.

Dogwood Blossom

Complexity: Standard

Create a pink dogwood blossom with chalk pastels. Nana shares how to layer colors to create the depth of each petal and explains the painterly effect technique.


Complexity: Easy

Make this art lesson as easy or as challenging as you’d like. Make the hydrangea realistic and create shadows, dots of the flower, sunshine, summer shadows – lovely!

Queen Anne’s Lace

Complexity: Hard

Learn how the different colors of an underpainting makes the focus of your painting stand out. Learn how to show the ‘light’ in chalk pastel painting. This is a longer tutorial and you could spend up to 30-40 minutes or more if you’d like.


Complexity: Easy

Make petals like a candle flame and shadows for depth. Add seeds and have fun layering colors!


Complexity: Easy

A delicious art tutorial with some simple shadowing and lighting techniques.


Complexity: Easy

Strawberries and bananas just go together. Well, so do strawberries and whipped cream. Strawberries and pound cake. Well, anyway, you get the idea. This fruit is so much fun to create in chalk pastels!


Complexity: Easy

It is a summer time easy art lesson in 1-2-3 steps! You may decide this could be a follow up lesson to a favorite book.


Complexity: Easy

What says summer better than a luscious watermelon?

Fruit Bowl

Complexity: Easy

But for this tutorial, you start with the beautiful blue bowl. Pick your prettiest blue chalk pastel – or feel free to make your bowl any color you’d like.

Beach Umbrellas

Complexity: Easy

Learn perspective by beginning your beach scene 3/4 way up on your paper and the use of darker colors further from the viewer. Have fun adding people and beach umbrellas!

Sandpiper Shore Bird

Complexity: Standard

Art and nature for our fellow seashore enthusiasts! After seeing these fast and delightful birds swooping down and racing the waves at the beach one morning, we decided to see if we could sketch one with chalk pastels.

At the Beach

Complexity: Easy

Even if you aren’t heading to the beach any time soon you can imagine feeling the warm sun on your back with this dreamy chalk pastel lesson. Learn shadowing and use the fisting blending technique.


Complexity: Easy

It’s fun to see all the color wrapped up in a sparkler!