Oil Pastels

Oil Pastels are messy. But you can get awesome bright colors with them and even generate work that looks like a painting. In fact, pastel artists generally refer to their work as paintings.

If this is your first experience with oil pastels, I suggest you try out a simple subject matter. Fruits, Veggies, and plants are great for learning the media. You can concentrate more of your energy on blending with the pastels.

Plus, they look great. Check out this avocado pastel painting :

(I borrowed this image from Pinterest)

Goals for this project:

  • Generate a successful composition using Elements and Principles of Design, specifically best practice use of line, shape, color, emphasis, value, and space.
  • Utilize blending techniques for oil pastels, including correct use of blending materials.
  • Create work that expresses your knowledge of the oil pastel medium.

Check out the following video for a lesson on beginning blending:

This video explains oil pastel techniques:

Here is a really nice oil pastel drawing from beginning to end:

Check out this Informational Site for Techniques for oil pastel tips and tricks.

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.