I don’t like messes. I live with three boys.
Can you see the problem?
My boys enjoy art. I’m not talking about crafts, but real art projects. They love paint and things like that. You know what I mean. I’m talking about the types of art that make big messes that make this momma freak out a little.
Again. Can you see the problem here?
Jonathan has been showing an interest and ability for drawing. Based on that, I thought he’d enjoy chalk pastels. I’ve looked at the tutorials at Southern Hodgepodge for years, but kept them at arms length. I was terrified of the mess, but I knew I needed to jump in and explore this new area of art with him. I just had to get over the fear of the mess.
I bought a small box of chalk pastels as a Christmas present for Jonathan. I was concerned about expense, but this small box of chalk pastels has a great range of colors and is only about $10. I put off opening them for a few weeks because I knew I needed to be in the right frame of mind the first time we used them. Plus, I needed the the little boys contained and in a good mood!
In the mean time looked at some of the tutorials at Southern Hodgepodge. They have some great downloadable books as well as tons of free posts and videos.
Finally the day came. I make sure that Josiah was in the high chair with something to do. Jacob had is own thing he was working on across the table. I pulled out the plain copy paper and the chalk pastels. And the baby wipes. Lots of baby wipes.
We followed two of the tutorials at Southern Hodgepodge and got to creating. I jumped in and got messy too. Honestly, it’s not as messy as you’d think it might be. The baby wipes were a great help for hands and a quick wipe was all the table really needed to bring us back to clean.
When we were done, we had these fabulous chalk pastel works of art! It was so worth the small mess! What do you think of our apples and coffee cups?
Take a look at all of the awesome resources at Southern Hodgepodge!
Have you done chalk pastel art with your kids? Be honest! Does the mess of real art keep you from jumping in and creating with your kids?
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