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Oil Pastel with Art 1

Last week, my Art 1 classes started working with Color.  We started with colored pencils, but today we started work with oil pastels! 

Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with oil pastels… but they are really nice to work with for color mixing and blending.  Some students who don’t do well with Colored Pencil do really well with oil pastels..and vice versa….so I think it’s important to offer them both. 

We started our oil pastel adventures with some blending practice.  I created a new resource for oil pastel blending practice for them, so I added it to my TpT store.   It has two pages of different blending scales (tints, shades, complementary color blending, analogous blending, rainbow blending, hatching, scumbling and pointillism.)  On the third page, the students use oil pastel to shade a sphere, cylinder, cone and a cube.

This was my first time using this resource with my students and I think they did a great job.   Hopefully, they are well prepared for a fun guided drawing activity we will do with oil pastels tomorrow.   Stay tuned for that!

Find the Practice Sheets Here.

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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
I love a bad pun and terrible dad jokes. I spend time looking at MBTI memes, cooking, listening to serial killer podcasts and Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat. I also teach yoga and indoor cycling. Click the button below to learn more about me. 

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