Tree Frog Oil Pastel

TreeFrogPinTreeFrogPinThis is a fun way to build a textured canvas.  Children use black glue on black construction paper to outline the frog.  Then use colored oil pastels to fill him in.  The results are stunning and worthy of any classroom gallery!

Materials:

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Amazon Rainforest

There is so much to explore in the Amazon! Readers are taken on an adventure through the Amazon rainforest to learn about the lush plants and beautiful animals, deforestation, and rainforest conservation in this fascinating nonfiction reader that features striking photographs and riveting facts.

 

Step 1

Using your inspiration photo, draw an outline of your rainforest animal. Use pencil so that it can be seen but easily covered up.

Step 2

Add some black paint to your glue bottle and stir. Carefully outline your animal with black glue.

Step 3

Set your drawing aside to dry. I put mine outside with a rock on top so it wouldn't blow away. You could use a hairdryer to speed up this process just be careful not to blow your glue too hard.

Step 4

Using your inspiration photo again and your oil pastels begin to add color to the appropriate areas. In this case my frogs eyes are black and red, and I added in bright green on his face, and legs.

Step 5

Look carefully at the colors. I see blue in the belly and chin. Yellow and orange at the tips of the feet. And more blue and purple in the middle of the legs. Use your finger to blend.

Step 6

Add in white along the belly and chin area. Blend the blue towards the center of the belly.

Step 7

Highlight the edges of the face with a lighter green (or mix green and white if you don't have a lighter color) I added a white highlight stripe on some of the legs as well.

Step 8

I colored my leave in orange and read so as to contrast with the green of the frog. You don't have to make your image exactly like your inspiration photo, it is only meant to be a guide!

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Sea Creature Fan Book

SeaCreatureFanBookPinChildren can make this interactive sea creature fan book to remember all of their favorite ocean animals!

 

Materials:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Brad
  • Oil Pastels
  • Scissors or Circle Punch tool

 

 


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

OilPastels   coralreef    seahorse3   seahorse4


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Cut out five circles from your black construction paper. We use a special cutting tool that makes circles. (Scrapbooking aisle)

Step 2

Go thorough the book and find some interesting creatures that live among the reefs. Use your pastels to draw a picture of them, then write their name in pencil. Older children can write facts on the back.

Step 3

Stack your circles atop one another, and punch a hole in the top (through all layers)

Step 4

Fasten your brad through the hole so that all of your circles are attached.

All Done

Fan out your book and share your favorite sea creatures with a friend!

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Ocean Waves Oil Pastel for Kids (Part 2)

BeachOilPastelWho doesn’t love a beautiful ocean sunset?  With this art project you can introduce your children to a variety of art techniques.  Children draw and ink their own ocean scene, then use oil pastels and various blending techniques to fill their project with color.  You can use this lesson to discuss warm and cool color combinations, overlaping, shadow, hue, blending, line and movement.   This lesson is broken up into two parts:

  1. Drawing
  2. Coloring

Materials:


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

OilPastels   PastelPaper   seahorse3   seahorse4


Art Project Tutorial:

Prep: Drawing

If you haven't already, please visit the first part of our tutorial for instructions on drawing your Ocean scene. This page continues a project already in progress and shows you how to color your drawing.

Step 1

Using a sharpie marker begin to ink your drawing. I'm going to completely color in my added characters.

Step 2

Carefully draw in the lines of your rays.

Step 3

Star to ink in your ocean waves. You don't have to follow your original lines exactly. The sharpie is thicker then your pencil, so decide which lines to keep and which to change up a bit. See how my drawing has a few shapes that are a bit too small to color in. Try to avoid that :)

Step 4

Start to pay attention to what waves you want up front, and which ones you want blended in. This larger wave I want up front, so I'm drawing my ocean lines behind it.

Step 5

Here is a shot of my completed drawing with ink.

Step 6

It's time to color in your drawing. We are using oil pastels but you can use any medium that you like. I enjoy how simple it is to blend the pastels and the colors are bright and vivid so I think it is a good choice for this project. If you want more muted colors you might use colored pencils or water colors.

Step 7

Choose a nice bright yellow for your sun.

Step 8

Choose the next darkest yellow for rays and alternate coloring them in. Use this color to add a darker shade to your sun. (the bright yellow from the previous step should shine through the center still)

Step 9

Choose an orange to fill in the remaining rays. Choose the next darkest orange and add it to the beginning of the ray. See the photo for example

Step 10

Do the same for your yellow rays. Your rays should be going from darker to lighter in they're respective hues.

Step 11

Take a minute to look over your drawing and visualize where the different blues and greens might go.

Step 12

Starting with your lightest blue or green begin to color in some different shapes. You want to space out your shapes a bit to make room for other colors.

Step 13

Continue in this way adding blues, greens and purples. Use darker hues to add shadow to the bottom portion of the lighter hues. In the photo you can see that I've used my dark purple to add shadow to my areas that are light purple.

Step 14

You can even take a green or light blue and blend it throughout the project.

Step 15

It is okay to leave a little bit of white. I'm keeping some shapes blank to look like areas where the surf might be tumbling above the surface and creating white water.

Step 16

We are going to highlight some of our shapes. Take the handle of a spoon and begin to scrape away the top areas of your waves. This will add dimension to your project.

Step 17

Carefully use your spoon handle to scrape away lines for the rays. In the photo you can see that I've tried to make my lines follow the shape of the ray.

Step 18

All Done! Here is my finished project.

Framing

These pictures look fantastic framed in black, it really makes your lines pop!

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Ocean Waves Oil Pastel for Kids

BeachOilPastelWho doesn’t love a beautiful ocean sunset?  With this art project you can introduce your children to a variety of art techniques.  Children draw and ink their own ocean scene, then use oil pastels and various blending techniques to fill their project with color.  You can use this lesson to discuss warm and cool color combinations, overlaping, shadow, hue, blending, line and movement.   This lesson is broken up into two parts:

  1. Drawing
  2. Coloring

Materials:


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

OilPastels   PastelPaper   seahorse3   seahorse4


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Using a ruler and a pencil draw a horizon line across your paper.

Step 2

Find something round you can trace to make your sun. Line it up on your horizon so that only half of the sun is showing and trace the arch around.

Step 3

Use your ruler to draw the suns rays coming from the circle.

Step 4

Be sure to fill up your paper with lots of rays coming from the sun, but keep them above the horizon line.

Step 5

Begin to draw swirling waves in your ocean. I'm drawing one coming from the left and a smaller one coming from the right.

Step 6

I'm using curved lines and ending them with more curls. Sort of like you would draw a cloud.

Step 7

Begin to fill in your waves by drawing just below your original wave line and adding to your drawing, see the photo.

Step 8

Continue to make shapes of your waves. Start thinking what colors you might want to place in these shapes. I'm thinking some of these new shapes might be white to show the tumbling water.

Step 9

Starting at the bottom of your page, add in ocean lines. I'm making horizontal waves across my paper, ending them to create different shapes I can color later.

Step 10

Now is the time to add in any creatures you want in your drawing. I'm going to add a whale's tail, but you might want to add a dolphin or sea lion peeking out....

Step 11

You can even draw in some splashes near your creature if you like.

Step 12

Add a boat or a rock somewhere in your drawing. Try to balance your page visually. My whale is in the bottom left, so my boat is near the mid upper right. This gives my eye different things to look at over the page, without all the interesting moments all in one spot.

Step 13

Once you have your animal and boat in the page you can continue to draw more horizontal waves across your paper. It's okay to draw over your waves, where the lines intersect there will be more shapes created and you can color them differently.

Step 14

Here is how my paper is starting to look. There are lines going everywhere, but that is okay, we want it nice and full because out entire paper is going to be colored in.

Step 15

I decided to add a little surfer in my bottom wave

Time to Color!

Your drawing it done, it's time to Ink and Color your art project. Click to view the second part of this tutorial

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How to Draw a Mandala

IndiaMandalaPinArt and textile in India often features intricate designs and patterns.  Paisleys, mandalas and other symmetrical designs can be found on walls, fabrics, and even displayed in the temporary staining of skin with henna.  This project teaches children how to draw their own mandala using radial symmetry.

Materials:


Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

IndiaDesign4   IndiaDesign3   IndiaDesign   IndiaTiger2


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Using a compass trace a few different sized circles in the center of your page.

Step 2

Use a ruler to make a horizontal and vertical line through the origin of the circles. Then make diagonal lines through those. (Like you would slice a pizza)

Step 3

Now that you've set up your page you can begin to draw in your design. Take note that whatever you draw across the lines you want to mirror on the other slice of your pizza.

Step 4

You will begin to see your pattern take shape. You can use the arcs of your circles as design elements.

Step 5

Continue to build shapes using your circles and guide line to keep your pattern symmetrical.

Step 6

You don't have to reflect your shapes over every straight line. Here I'm only adding this design to four of the lines. I will add something different to the other four.

Step 7

Continue to build your mandala. Take your time, this is a project that requires a bit of patience, but the results will be stunning and unique.

Step 8

When you mandala is finished, trace over your work with a black pen. You can copy or scan it at this point to save it on your computer. Mandalas are fun to color in and you can create different images with the same design.

Step 9

Color your mandala with bright colors. You might even use oil pastels or bright markers for a bold statement.

All Done

When you're finished coloring your mandala you'll see that your patience is well rewarded! This is a stunning piece of art that you can hang in your classroom or gift to your friends and family. If you enjoy making these try adding a bit of personality to them such as writing your name or your favorite animal.

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Indian Design Project

PaislyDesignPinArt and textile in India often features intricate designs and patterns.  Paisleys, mandalas and other symmetrical designs can be found on walls, fabrics, and even displayed in the temporary staining of skin with henna.  This project explores a method of transferring designs that might be too difficult to draw by hand, and leaves children with a beautiful card they can share with friends or family.

Materials:

  • Paisley Pattern
  • Cardstock or Computer Paper
  • Oil Pastels
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Paperclips
  • Pencil and Eraser

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

IndiaDesign4   IndiaDesign3   IndiaDesign   IndiaTiger2


Art Project Tutorial:

Printable Designs

Before starting this project print out our designs or search online for an inspiration design.

Step 2

Cover a single sheet of paper with chalk pastel. Color doesn't really matter too much, but I'm choosing pink,.

Step 3

Color over your paper with oil pastel. I'm using brown.

Step 4

Layer papers as follows: Oil Pastel (right side up), Blank paper, Design (Right Side Up)

Step 5

Paper clip your papers in place, being careful not to press hard as at this point the oil pastel can transfer. I'm placing my image in the upper left hand corner, so that I can make a card.

Step6

Using a sharp pencil, press hard and trace your design completely.

Step 7

Slowly remove your blank paper from the middle and your transfered image will be there

Step 8

When you fold you paper, your image now lines up perfectly to make a greeting card. Use

Step 9

Use oil pastels to create more interest on your card. I'm using brown and green to pull color to the edges.

All Done

Your Indian design is now complete! This is a great way to add complex patterns to arwork.

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Tiger Eyes Oil Pastel

TigerEyesPinThe tiger is India’s national animal. It’s strikenly beautiful with the contrasting markings of black, white and orange. This oil pastel project is just right for your studies on India. Children will be amazed with the work they can do when given small amounts of instruction.The peacock is the National bird of India. It’s certainly one of God’s most beautiful creatures, and even young children can make these wonderful pictures. We provide you with step by step drawing tutorials, as well as instruction on using oil pastels to bring your peacock to color.

 

This tutorial is split into two parts:

  1. Part 1 Drawing
  2. Part 2 Coloring

Materials:

  • Cardstock or Pastel Paper
  • Oil Pastels
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Black Line Marker
  • (Sharpie is fine)

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

IndiaTiger   IndiaTiger2   Junglebook    India


Art Project Tutorial:

Prep: Draw Your Tiger Eyes

If you haven't already, check out this simple tutorial for drawing your tiger eyes first.

Step 1

For this art project we're using our Crayola Oil Pastels. We're using: white, peach, light brown, light orange, light green, medium green, yellow

Step 2

Using your light orange, color in all the areas shown. I always refer to the inspiration photo to see which way the tigers fur is moving, and make sure that I color in that direction. This is important later as we blend colors.

Step 3

Use your light brown and begin adding little marks of color where the eye meets the nose. Use your finger to blend in the direction of the fur.

Step 4

Add in more blended brown in the upper and lower corners.

Step 5

Use peach to color in the eye, leaving a crescent moon shape at the bottom. Use your light orange to draw lines radiating form the pupil. (see next photo)

Step 6

Use your light brown and draw in more lines radiating from the center. Lightly blend with your finger.

Step 7

More lines with black. Gently TAP the black to blend it in.

Step 8

More lines with light green. Tapping to blend.

Step 9

Add a few dabs of yellow. Add a crecent line of yellow at the bottom of your white mood..

Step 10

Use white to go over your crescent moon, then add a white circle just above and right of the pupil.

Step 11

Repeat these steps for the other eye. Notice the white circle is on the upper left of the pupil (like a mirror image)

Step 12

Using your white, begin pulling the orange fur down in the direction that it goes. Refer to your inspiration photo often as a tigers fur changes direction often!

Step 13

You can add small dabs of black, then blend them in with your finger. This will create a depth to your picture.

Step 14

Make sure you're finger blending in the direction of the fur. A little black goes a long way!

Step 15

Use your black to go over your sharpie marker with little fur lines. I did this just so the black areas looked more like fur and had some texture to them.

Step 16

Choosing the color of your frame is half the fun, I love how black looked, and the bottom area is a great spot for tiger facts or even some poetry!

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Peacock Oil Pastel

PeacockPinThe peacock is the National bird of India. It’s certainly one of God’s most beautiful creatures, and even young children can make these wonderful pictures. We provide you with step by step drawing tutorials, as well as instruction on using oil pastels to bring your peacock to color.

This tutorial is split into two parts:

  1. Part 1 Drawing
  2. Part 2 Coloring

 

Materials:

  • Cardstock or Pastel Paper
  • Oil Pastels
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Black Line Marker
  • (Sharpie is fine)

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

IndiaPeacock   IndiaPeacock2    IndiaPeacock3   India


Art Project Tutorial:

Part 1: Drawing Your Peacock

Prep: Drawing Your Peacock If you haven't already, visit this page in our site for step by step photos on drawing you peacock.

Step 1

Be sure that you've completed your peacock drawing, then get out your pastels! We use Crayola Oil Pastels which you can purchase much cheaper on Amazon, especiall if you have prime.!

Step 2

Blending involves finding different hues of colors. Use your lightest green, medium green, and light blue and color the top part of your peacocks body.

Step 3

Use your medium blue and your turquoise blue and blend your way down your peacocks body. Notice that we're leaving white space at the top of each hump.

Step 4

As you go down, your colors should be getting darker. Use dark blue and end with purple. Remember that your strokes should be up and down, vertically. Use your finger to blend if needed.

Step 5

Use gold and light orange to blend on the beak. The light orange should be used near the center and the bottom.

Step 6

Use red to fill in those little circles on top of your peacock's head.

Step 7

Use your medium blue and fill in the middle of your lopsided hearts. You're just filling in the middle, leave some open near the top and the bottom of your lopsided heart. If you made your hearts small then don't worry too much about that blank space.

Step 8

Use your purple to fill in the bottom blank space. If your area is small you can color directly over the bottom blue.

Step 9

Use your medium green to color in the main heart.

Step 10

Add a little bit of light blue to the bottom of that green, and blend with your finger.

Step 11

We are using light yellow, peach, light orange, and brown. Use your finger blending technique for each outer heart.

Step 12

Start with your light green, then medium green, then light blue, start adding streaks of color to your feathers.

Step 13

Start with your light green, then medium green, then light blue, start adding streaks of color to your feathers.

Step 14

Use your finger to blend the colors slightly. Complete all feathers in this way

Step 15

Here is how your peacock looks when complete! You can use a different color to fill in the background if you like.

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Peacock Oil Pastel

PeacockPinThe peacock is the National bird of India. It’s certainly one of God’s most beautiful creatures, and even young children can make these wonderful pictures. We provide you with step by step drawing tutorials, as well as instruction on using oil pastels to bring your peacock to color.

This tutorial is split into two parts:

  1. Part 1 Drawing
  2. Part 2 Coloring

 

Materials:

  • Cardstock or Pastel Paper
  • Oil Pastels
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Black Line Marker
  • (Sharpie is fine)

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

IndiaPeacock   IndiaPeacock2    IndiaPeacock3   India


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Near the center of your paper, draw an upside down rain drop

Step 2

Draw two slightly curved lines from the head down to the bottom of your paper

Step 3

On each side of the body, make cloud like humps from the head down to the bottom of your page.

Step 4

The center of the peacock's feathers are heart shapes. You want to draw hearts where ever you want feathers. Make sure the pointy part of your hearts point towards you peacock.

Step 5

Here is a shot so you can see the hearts all pointing to the peacock. Some of the hearts are sideways, it helps to turn your paper as needed.

Step 6

Draw lines from the pointy end of the hear to the body of the peacock.

Step 7

Go back to your heart and add another heart around it

Step 8

Here is a shot of how your drawing should look now.

Step 9

Now go back through all your hearts and make a lopsided heart inside each of them.

Step 10

Starting near the top of the heart, draw a curving line down to the shaft of the feather. Draw more lines always starting just a bit lower then the previous line.

Step 11

Repeat these curved lines for the other side of the feather.

Step 12

Here is a photo of all the feathers when they are finished. As you get better at drawing the curved lines you can add little waves at the top just like peacock feathers.

Step 13

Go back to the "clouds" that you drew alongside the peacocks body and add small, rounded diamons along the sides.

Step 14

At the bottom of your peacock body draw cloud humps all the way across.

Step 15

Draw your second layer of cloud humps. NOTE: You want your humps to land on the peak of the previous rows humps. Look at the photo to see where to land

Step 16

Continue adding layers up your peacock body. Once you get the hang of it, start to make them smaller as you go. See how the humps at the top are much smaller. Leave a space before you reach the peacocks head.

Step 17

Draw four lines and four circles on top of the peacocks head. Then draw a circle eye, with a lopsided heart in the center.

Step 18

Use curved lines to make the markings on your peacock's face. When complete, you can use a black marker to trace over your pencil.

Part 2: Oil Pastel

Your peacock is finished, it's time to use our oil pastels to really bring your peacock to life!

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Tiger Eyes Oil Pastel Tutorial

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We are getting tons of use from our Crayola Oil Pastels.
I’ve purchased other pastel kits in the past, but I love the amount of crayon you get with this set. They are so much thicker and have lasted us much longer.

Plus they are nice for little hands.

pastels

Amazon currently has them for $3.88 and free shipping as an add on for Prime
I highly recommend them!
They are wonderful quality, and produce stunning results:

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I know right?!

This is our latest project, Tiger Eyes!

I’ve posted the two part photo tutorial

Drawing your Tiger Eyes
Using Oil Pastel on Tiger Eyes

I’m guessing that this would be perfect for 6th and 7th graders,
or very enthusiastic elementary students.

The tiger is the national animal of India, and would also tie ie with our previous oil pastel tutorial of India’s national bird, the peacock.

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Can you guess what country we’ll be studying this coming year?

Siggy

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