With summer just around the corner I wanted to suggest to you something. Use summer to build the habit of art. See, with all the regular, daily activities gone and all that empty calendar space, there is time. Time for relaxed art afternoons. Time to simply enjoy.
I’ve shared about using summer to build habits…
Oh summer is for fun! Summer can also be opportunity. See, without all the regular ‘have tos’ of school and extracurricular activities, there is time. That wonderful, empty space on the calendar. But sometimes having more time can be a challenge. So we have found a balance. Summer is when we work on those basic ‘bones’ of our days – all the while having fun and taking an official homeschool break. You can read more on Use Summer to Build Habits.
Just pick one habit to build at first. There is no sense in being overwhelmed during the summer! Start slow and steady. Celebrate small steps.
Use Summer to Build the Habit of Art
Here are a few ideas to get you started on building the habit of art and to remind you how simple art times can be. Remember, you don’t have to be a master artist (I’m not!) The point is to have fun, to focus on the smiles and to build a love of art.
Gather art supplies.
1, 2, 3. That’s what we always say. You only need three things to be ready to enjoy one of our chalk pastel tutorials. Be gone the long, intimidating art supply list! Welcome to the family table, chalk pastels. More on Chalk Pastel Supplies.
- chalk pastels
Prepare the work space.
This goes a long way towards the enjoyment factor! If you are worried about mess, preparing the space will ease your mind. Chalk pastels clean up easily with baby wipes and a quick wash with soap and water at the sink. But you may want to cover your work area (we use our kitchen table) with a cheap, plastic tablecloth.
Choose an art tutorial.
Video Tutorials – Once you and your children have worked through one or more of our video tutorials, you will feel more comfortable and confident about art time.
100+ Art Lessons – Still not sure about chalk pastels? Grab our free Getting Started in Chalk Pastel Art ebook. All our best advice is gathered there in one spot. Plus there are sample tutorials and even a coupon for a discount on our art books.
You ARE an Artist Books – Compiled by topic, we know you will find one that appeals to you and your artists!
More Resources for The Habit of Art
We are just a bit passionate about chalk pastel art around here. Chalk pastel art is fun. It is easy. It is successful. It is frugal. It is for all ages. There are simply so many things you can do with chalk pastels: The Ultimate Guide to Chalk Pastel Art.
Featuring You! You ARE an Artist!
So, paint your chalk pastel picture and be sure to share with us! Simply tag @hodgepodgemom on social media, send a photo via the Hodgepodge contact form here or post on the Hodgepodge Facebook page. We will be sharing these via the Hodgepodge instagram or on our Art Tutorials Showcase Pinterest board – or both! Nana will even comment on a few I am sure!