A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels Review


If you saw my 2013-2014 Curriculum post then you saw that our art curriculum this year is Southern Hodgepodge‘s {Tricia Hodges & Lucia “Nana” Hames} “A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels


IMG_0129I love art more than you’d believe. My mom, aunt, sister and niece are all AMAZING artist! I still remember as a child learning with pastels {the same pastels I’m teaching my kids with…I’m going to by another set though because these ones are little numbs all these years later!} With a love for art as such a huge part of me I assumed that when I had children they would naturally LOVE it as much as mama! That has not been the case much to my despair. Last year my oldest Elias became slightly interested when he took a fun art class. But, still at home he didn’t want to do anything artsy at all *mommy holding back the tears*  Still no “Art Spark” UNTIL I got A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels!!!! IMG_0131

After downloading my e-book I decided to show the kids what we would be doing as our art this year. The twins were just stoked because they saw that pastels were “messy” but I was stunned as Elias scrolled through the pages oohing and awing! I was so excited that he was excited! He looked at me AND the spark was there! After he was finished looking through the book he told me “that is THE COOLEST book I have ever seen…lets get the chalk and do it now} so we did!


We decided that art would be our evening family activity! We selected “To The Woods” pg 40 as our first assignment! They loved it…everyone the twins, Elias & daddy!



My favorite things about the book…

Each chapter tells what supplies you need, then it breaks down the assignment for you step by step!

There are a number of different pictures showing technique & progress!

The chapters are written in a very easy to read/teach and to follow!

Any age group can do it and have a ton of fun!

The pages are brightly colored

Tricia and Luica have broken the book into sections:

  • Landscapes
  • Weather
  • Trees
  • Birds
  • Flowers and Butterflies
  • Food
  • Seasonal

Within each of those sections there is 2-12 different assignments!

Check out a sample lesson

Do you love art? Heck! even if you just kinda like art you would love this book! Honestly its fun! We have enjoyed the time together laughing and playing!

Need to know info…

  • illustrations of each picture by a variety of skill levels.  See how the Hodgepodge students’ drawings look.
  • Nana walks you through the steps of creating beautiful artwork.  She also provides tips on which colors to use for each picture.
  • Pastels are a forgiving medium and produce stunning pictures.  Most lessons can be completed in 10-15 minutes.
  • Art fun for all ages
  • Gather all ages around; A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels will have you creating beautiful pastel pictures in no time.

What do you think? Do you want to get your hands on an e-book copy of A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels?

Well my friend you have come to the right place! I’m giving a copy of A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels {e-book format} to one lucky reader of The Life in Bloom!!

I want to give a HUGE Thank You to the Amazing Tricia Hodges for this awesome giveaway!

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A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels Giveaway will run from August 15, 2013 – August 23, 2013. One winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted August 24th via email.



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