FREE ART LESSON + PROJECT FOR KIDS

DRAW ANALOGOUS FIREWORKS

Learn to draw fireworks on display with an evening skyline in the background using soft pastels, sometimes referred to as chalk pastels. Plus, be introduced to the color wheel and analogous colors as we add color to the fireworks.

My favorite part about this project... there are no mistakes in art! So have fun selecting harmonious colors for your fireworks to create a sparkling display.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Black paper

  • Soft pastels

  • Q-tips (about 5)

  • Scrap paper

  • Parchment or wax paper (small piece)

  • Eraser

  • Cloth/paper to protect table

  • Fixative (*optional)

Need art supplies? Check out my suggestions for budding artists: Art Supplies

TIME NEEDED

The video is approximately 20 minutes, but the actual project may take closer to 30 minutes to complete. Remember, this video can be paused at any point if you need more time to complete a step.

AGE LEVEL

This art lesson + project is for all ages but geared towards the elementary level.

YOUNGER STUDENT OPTION

Have a preschooler or younger child who wants to create alongside their older sibling but is not quite ready to follow along with the video? A printable version of the fireworks drawing is available (free!). Print the pdf copy and encourage your child to color the drawing: Fireworks Coloring Page.

PARENT/TEACHER TIP

Soft pastels can be a bit messy, but the mess is worth the fun! Spraying a fixative over the paper when you're finished adding all the color will help the pastels stay in place and hold its color longer, but the color may lighten a little. So, be cautious when spraying.

Don't want the mess of soft pastels? Swap out the pastels for oil pastels, colored pencils, or even markers; you'll also probably want to switch out the black paper for white if you use colored pencils or markers.

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