Let the Games (and Art) Begin!!

I love the summer Olympics!  The torch is being lit on April 21, 2016 (today) to start the torch relay from Olympia, Greece to Rio, Brazil. There is just something exciting about thinking about athletes who have practiced and trained for so long, and are coming to compete while they represent their country.

It's this kid of dedication that produces greatness in all of us.  We don't one day magically become proficient or magnificent at anything without practice. So where do you start? I think chalk pastels are a wonderful place to begin.

Summer Games

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Chalk Pastel Art

I don't know why I haven't tried this before. Maybe I was worried about the mess of chalk pastel art. I shouldn't have been. This was one of the most forgiving mediums to try with kids that I've ever worked with.

There are many options for chalk pastels, but I'd recommend just starting off with a simple set. Then all you need is some smooth paper like this Canson pad. Sometimes the projects ask for specific colored paper, and so a pack like this tinted paper would be great.

Olympic games chalk pastel art

Chalk Pastel Art of the Summer Games

My mom joined in on the fun as we sat down and watched the YouTube instructions for drawing the coliseum. The projects are so simple to follow, and I really had no idea how fun it would be to blend the colors with my fingers.  The chalk pastels are so forgiving! We kept wet paper towels nearby to wipe off our hands before switching colors.

Chalk Pastel Art (1)


Everyone's drawing turned out a little differently, but they are all beautiful.

chalk pastel art

Other tutorials in the Summer games book include:

  • diving
  • Games coliseum
  • archery
  • gymnastics
  • laurel wreath
  • sailing
  • The Games – basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf, hockey

We're looking forward to trying them all!

The best part about these projects is that they are fast and easy to complete, but very rewarding.


Check out all of the projects at the Chalk Pastel shop.

Which tutorial is your favorite?


  1. Susan Evans on April 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I love how your art turned out! My daughter loves pastel art.

    • Betsy on April 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks Susan! It’s so fun isn’t it!

  2. Ticia on April 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Sigh, I wish my kids liked chalk pastels more. They’re so indifferent to them. Double sigh.

    • Betsy on April 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Forget the kids! Play with chalk pastels for yourself! I thought they were so fun. Maybe if you show them how fun it is, they’d join you?!

  3. Dee Dee on April 25, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Great post, Betsy! We will do this project tonight for our family’s Art Night.

    Quick question. I have some books I plan to order from Amazon. If I link to Amazon from your site, will you get credit for that sale – even though the books are already in my basket? I can redo my basket if that will earn you the commission. Let me know. Going to shop from there anyway, but would rather someone get a little earning from it! (My last purchase I linked from your site for a few books you recommended from the Shakespeare post, plus several other random selections.)

    • Betsy on April 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Thanks Dee Dee! I really appreciate your support. I think I only get referral credit for items you place in your cart after you click through my site. Thanks for thinking of me!

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