Oil Pastel Letters and Shapes

An oil pastel project that allows students to explore color theory and practice creating value.

Supplies:

  • Old file folders
  • Oil pastels
  • Q-tips or kleenex for blending
  • Rulers and compasses

Downloadable Lesson Summary: Color and Value

When I decided to combine Color and Value into one project, I thought oil pastels would be the perfect medium. My students started by creating their own stencil. I gave them squares of old file folders and they sketched a letter or number that was meaningful or interesting to them. They traced their stencil several times and then overlapped a shape on top of those drawings.

Color&Value 1

Before they started using the oil pastels, I had them practice creating different values. I also showed them how to create a split complementary color scheme. They could either use one of the color schemes they created on their practice sheet or they could come up with a different way of choosing their colors.

An oil pastel project that allows students to explore color theory and practice creating value.

When they started adding oil pastels to their final artwork, I explained that every section that was created when the shaped overlapped the letter should be colored in a different shade or color. After every project, my students write a self critique of their work. It was interesting to read the responses about whether or not they enjoyed using oil pastels. Most students either loved them or hated them.

An oil pastel project that allows students to explore color theory and practice creating value.

I used this art teacher’s post as inspiration for this project.

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