This easy oil pastel project for kids is a great way to introduce elements of color theory to young students! The results can be quite stunning, and each one is completely unique. With just a few common art supplies you may already have in your home or classroom, the kids can create these beautiful works of art. The completed projects would make treasured gifts for loved one, or can be proudly displayed in your classroom!
To get started, first gather your materials.
Easy Oil Pastel Project for Kids
Before you begin, separate the cool and warm tones of oil pastels into two groups. Cool tones are greens, blues, and purples. Warm tones are reds, oranges, and yellows.
To begin, invite your students to use a pencil to lightly draw shapes or trace common objects onto the watercolor paper so the lines are overlapping. Next, students can choose whether to use the warm or cool tones in their artwork. Then, use at least two different oil pastels to color in each section. Be sure to outline the shapes in black oil pastel as you go.
Tip to Prevent Smudging:
If students are right-handed, begin in the upper left corner. If there are any left-handed students in your class, they can begin in the upper right corner.
To blend the colors together, use cotton swabs dipped in a bit of baby oil. Rub gently on the oil pastel until smoothly blended. For best results, blend lighter tones first, then blend the darker tones. Lastly, blend the black outlines for a smooth finish!
Optional (Adult) — Use a clear coat spray sealer to prevent smudging on finished artwork.
This easy oil pastel project for kids is such a fun way to work on developing fine motor skills while introducing elements of color theory! The finished masterpieces make a unique and striking display for your home or classroom. Have fun!!