American History Video Art Lessons

What is included in this course?

  • A variety of American history themed video art 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.

BONUS Content

Abraham Lincoln’s Hat Video Art Lesson

Columbus Video Art Lesson

Columbus Sailed the Ocean blue written tutorial

General Suggestions for American History Chalk Art

In addition to a starter set of chalk pastels, there are very few supplies we suggest you have on hand. For paper – 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.

Feel free to stop, rewind and enjoy each video art tutorial at your own pace. Enjoy each one over and over as you practice with chalk pastels and learn more about this era of history.


Early Colonists

Length: 9 minutesComplexity: Standard

Enjoy an art lesson of the early American colonists.

Thirteen Colonies

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint a representation of the thirteen colonies – with the gathering storm from England across the sea.

George Washington

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint a silhouette of America’s first president, George Washington.

Burning of the White House

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint this very famous part of the war – the burning of the White House.

The Constitution

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Easy

Paint a most important document – the American Constitution in chalk pastels!

Women in War

Length: 11 minutes

Yes, women were a part of war as well. Paint an action scene with chalk pastels!

Paul Revere

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint the objects that went with Paul Revere on this famous ride — his hat and a lantern.

Lewis and Clark

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint the beautiful discoveries of Lewis and Clark!


Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint this most important French military and political leader.

French Flag

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint the French flag in chalk pastels!

War of 1812

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

Paint the epic sea battle of 1812 between the USS Constitution and the HMS Guerriere.

Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue

Length: 11 minutesComplexity: Standard

Calling artists of all ages! In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Paint a wonderful tall ship and an epic voyage — in celebration of Columbus Day.