|'The Camping Spot' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I don't know what I was thinking. I agreed to share pastels at a local elementary school for Art Day. I started to get nervous as the day drew close. Would the children listen to me? Would I hold their attention for 40 minutes? How could I introduce pastels so that they would have a great experience?
It turned out that I didn't need to worry at all. Pastels were a hit with the groups of 4th graders. I hope I have some new converts. I had at least 2 children ask where they could buy pastels. And one little boy told me he painted the best artwork of his life! Now that is gratifying.
I began the presentation talking about pastels and how they are made and how they are the same as other paint but work a bit differently. I had them participate in the demo by suggesting things I could put in my painting to make it more interesting. I used the comparison to baking and decorating a cupcake. They helped suggest the 'sprinkles' They had some fun ideas. I liked this one with the campfire and a bear!
|The demo before I reworked it|
So I had a great morning and painted 4 fun demos. When I got home I decided that I would rework one of the demos....just as a personal challenge. (and I didn't really need a campfire painting!)
|I brushed out and redid the shapes|
|Matisse the Mouse was my pastel mascot today|