Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Top Tips and Lessons for Using Chalk in your Art Room!


Last week I dumped everything I could think of into one video all about watercolor painting with kids. I hope you got something out of that video and enjoyed it! I made it just for you (and your sanity.

This week, I thought I'd share all things chalk! I know a lot of art teachers avoid chalk because of the mess. I'm going to encourage you to give this video a watch and try some of these tips on for size. I think you'll find it helpful...and maybe even fall in love with using chalk with your students! 

Also in this post, I'm throwing in all of my very favorite chalk lessons and projects. All are free for you and your students to enjoy. 

I shared several projects in that video so I thought I'd place them and the links below for you to use!
Always a hit! This one is done with the liquid starch and chalk hack I shared. Here's the video. And here is a blog post of the finished results!
This project was done with the same method of starch and chalk. It's a huge hit with the kids. Video lesson is included here!
Another method for liquid starch and chalk is this one I did with my fourth grade! Video lesson included here. 

One of my most popular lessons of all time is this one! BUT don't do what I did: don't make black glue! Instead, follow my demo in the video and go the much easier route of using Elmer's Glue All and black marker. 
Here's a blog post with the finished results. This one is always a crowd pleaser!
Here's another one inspired by the artist Sandra Silberzweig! Video lesson included here. 

Yet another glue and chalk combo! Lesson video here. 

Before tackling their butterfly ceiling tile project, one second grade class created these beauties! A fun project for the end of the school year. 
Looking for a quick chalk project that introduces a contemporary artist? Try this one! 

I have a LOT of videos and blog posts on our annual chalked event but this blog post breaks it all down for you, if interested!

This lesson is fun to show kids how to use stencils with chalk! Full lesson and artist reference included in this blog post (with video!).
Floating chalk prints is ALWAYS a huge hit! And this year, I did it with kindergarten. Independently! You can read the details here.