Painting with Pastels
One of the most important elements of the Impressionist movement was subject matter. Fascinated by the small moments of life, Impressionists used art to capture fleeting moments in time, such as light reflecting on a lily pond or the color of the setting sun on the face of a cathedral. Explore Impressionism with your child by helping him capture a small moment that's special to him on paper, using a handful of pastels and a big imagination.
A pastel is pure pigment held together with a binder. It requires a special paper with a slight “tooth” in order to hold the chalk in lace and allow you to build color. Thankfully, there's no need to buy special paper—this activity shows you how to make your own.
What You Need:
- Heavy paper or cardboard
- Gesso (can be found at art and hobby stores)
- Finely ground pumice (can be found at hardware and art stores)
- Spray fixative
- Mask (found at hardware, hobby and art stores for pastel dust and spraying)
- Color of acrylic paint to add to gesso and pumice mixture that will become the background color of the paper (Note: acrylic dries darker)
- Large paintbrush