Lessons Archive

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.

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.

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.

Tornado

Complexity: Easy

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

Marsh

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...

Twilight

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!

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.

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!

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.