Pastel Flowers

I am really excited about this new project. First of all, I love chalk pastels and used to do a lot of work with them in college. When poorly done, they can look like a child’s sidewalk chalk drawing, but when done well that can be very rich like a painting. The key is layering and blending. Secondly, the examples I found are awesome!

Check it out:

Understanding color theory and placement will take you far during this project, but you also get a secret weapon: water. Using a paint brush with water to dampen certain aspects of your drawing and basically paint with pastel can add really nice details and bold designs to your work.

Challenge: Create a flower drawing with chalk pastels.


  • Design a successful composition, considering the elements and principal of design, specifically; space, texture, and repetition.
  • Express your knowledge of color theory by using complementary and analogous colors to create bold highlights.
  • Express your knowledge of chalk pastel medium by generating a drawing and using layering and water painting to create value.

Check out the supplemental information below for more.

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.