A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels – Semester 1

What is included in the course?

  • Your first semester of 20 Fall & Winter 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. If this is your first time using the chalk pastel medium, we suggest you begin with Apple and Pumpkin and then move to A Path to the Beach.

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.


Apple and Pumpkin

Complexity: Easy

Simple shapes make for a fun and successful art time! Learn some lighting and shadow techniques.

Path to the Beach

Complexity: Easy

The very first time Nana taught her grandchildren a pastel lesson was in February 2010. That day, we created one of our favorite subjects: the beach! Funny thing was, she was snowed in at our house. Inches of snow were piled up outside. But inside, we created puffy clouds, an ocean view and a path to that beach…

Emphasis on blending techniques in this lesson plus perspective with the horizon and cloud creation. Other techniques include: underpainting, skumbling, layering colors, blending and smoothing plus tapping grasses.

Sailboat at Sunset

Complexity: Standard

Learn how to create an ocean horizon and to make waves with chalk pastels. Blend dark, medium and light chalk colors.

Winter Fun

Complexity: Easy

Do you see how you can make tree branches like upside Vs? Nana explains this in more detail in the tutorial with a snowman too!

Christmas Ornaments

Complexity: Easy

Begin by choosing your favorite two ornaments. Place them on your table where you can get a good look while you use your pastels. Supplies needed: Paper – plain white…

Christmas Tree in the Snow

Complexity: Easy

Just six simple steps! Includes instructions for making the five point star at the top of the tree.

Christmas Star

Complexity: Easy

This lesson is a simple, yet a lovely one to celebrate the Christmas season. Enjoy painting the bright colors and the velvet blue night sky.


Complexity: Standard

A fun lesson with many shapes and sizes with a bit more difficulty level. Add a favorite pet getting warm on the fireplace hearth or hang your stockings with chalk pastels with care. A warm, winter art lesson!

Fudge Pie

Complexity: Easy

Let’s make a delicious chocolate pie with chalk pastels!

Tree Silhouette

Complexity: Easy

Add some color beneath your tree – on the ground – here and there. This will show that some of those brilliant, orange leaves have fallen to the ground.


Complexity: Easy

A short and satisfying art lesson for all ages. First, trace a leaf from your own yard. Then draw one yourself. The first time we enjoyed this tutorial our youngest joined in at age two!

Medieval Castle

Complexity: Easy

Embellish your castle with a story! Also, learn what to do if you don’t have a grey chalk pastel.


Complexity: Standard

You will love how the setting sun is reflected in the water. Enjoy the techniques that give the scene depth, the blending of trees, the tapping in of grasses.

Harvest Moon Nocturne

Complexity: Easy

What fun to make a night time scene with chalk pastels! Add the moon’s reflection in the water…


Complexity: Easy

Learn techniques for lighting and evening sky with the beautiful blending of colors and wispy clouds over the evening moon. Add some twinkling stars! Learn more about perspective by drawing a barn in the distance. Bonus: how to handle excess chalk as you create!

Approaching Storm

Complexity: Standard

At the beach, with the flat, unobstructed horizon, you can view approaching weather amazingly well. Sunrises, sunsets and especially cumulonimbus clouds. Use of the “drawing on the right side of the brain” technique.


Complexity: Easy

When you go out of the lines, it is perfectly okay!