Easy Pastel Art


Do you like using pastels in your classroom?

I used to avoid them because they tend to be messy, but this year we've used them a fair bit and I'm starting to LOVE them.

The colours are just so vibrant and the pastels themselves are so soft and easy to work with.

I read my class this gorgeous book called Happy. I blogged about it earlier and suggested a couple of activities to be done with the book (you can find that post here).

After we read and talked about Happy, I had the kids turn and face each other. We remembered the different emotion words together as a class and I asked the kids to demonstrate that feeling with their faces only. They did a great job and had lots fun with it. There were tons of giggles:)

After we did that I had each child think of one emotion word that they were going to use in their own picture.

Everyone received a piece of black construction paper and some pastels and went to work creating their fish.

I walked around and asked which emotion their fish would be expressing and printed the word in pencil on their sheets.

And here's what they came up with!  I just love them:)

Happy Sunday, friends!


  1. I love how the fish turned out! Gorgeous!

  2. I am in Oregon....the fish are beautiful! I do avoid pastels, but my kiddos love them!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  3. Love your May Currently!! I can relate the the twilight hours at the computer...it is addicting!! Love your students artwork!! I am your newest follower!!

    Kathy O.
    Third Grade Doodles

    1. Thanks, Kathy. I'm following you now, too!

  4. I love the fish projects!!! They are adorable and I bet your kids had so much fun creating them! :) Lattes and Laughter

    1. Thanks, Julia! They DID enjoy it ... there was very little pressure:)

  5. I don't have pastels, but they look mighty fun to use. I love how the colors pop. (Have fun at Cannon Beach. I'll be there for a few days at the end of June.)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  6. Barbara, I love these! I bought Happy after your last post about the book. I wish I had more time:)

    1. Thanks, Lyn. I hope you love the book as much as I do!

  7. Your kids' art is great. Love the jealous fish. I just bought the newest book by the author (whose name escapes me at the moment - and I am way too lazy to get off my deck chair and go to my stack of books on my desk to find out) - Friends. It is monsters and fabulous.


  8. Uhmm... did you know 8K is a LOT!?! inspiring.... but crazy!
    Love your kids' art! The one word thing is powerful.
    You and I need to look into some sleep inducing exercise or something. We should be putting off 4am evenings until summer!

  9. I stayed up late the other day finishing a book! Crazy-not young enough to pull that off anymore. :) I love, love their pastel drawings-what a cool activity that I may just have to steal!



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