Demonstration Using Oil Pastel and Tempera
for Grades 3,4,5
Another morning session in the local school with the Grades 3,4,5 students produced these wonderful results. My format for teaching young children is to do a very quick demo to give them the idea of what it is we are going to do/accomplish. I do not spend a lot of time exacting details but quickly show them so that they will approach their works with the same freedom. Spontaneity is the name of the day and I have found that youth/children never disappoint when it comes to being creative and spontaneous - they are naturals!
Heavy Bond Paper was used with a combination of oil pastel and tempura paints. Each student was assisted in setting a a basic fall scene with trees and rocks, some had water and mountains. We literally blast in a quick pencil sketch. I help them get started and we both draw in simple shapes. The pastel is applied first loosely and thickly in areas, especially the fall trees and grasses and then the paint is applied on top. The pastel "resists" the paint and creates really pleasing textures and brilliant colour.
Note to other art instructors, it is a very intense and busy time getting the initial set-up going but the results are so worth it! See Below
Student's Works of Art