Oil pastels are sticks of rich color that allow artists of any age and skill to draw and paint at the same time.
With this project, artists of differing skill levels can successfully complete a drawing of a lilly. Beginning artists can start with learning and practicing basic techniques. Artists who feel they need assistance with drawing can learn how to trace an image. More advanced artists can draw the lilly on their own then skip to applying color with oil pastels.
We recommend reviewing your instruction booklet and viewing the demonstration videos before you begin drawing.
Artists ages 6 to 96 love Art Jams!
Younger artists, 6 to 10 years, may need adult help.
Kits are not recommended for artists younger than 6 years of age.
Art Jams has developed several oil pastel videos to assist artists at different levels of development. You can view all of the videos or select any one you need.
The first video demonstrates basic oil pastel techniques: layering, blending and scratching.
This final video demonstrates the application of oil pastels to the artist's drawing of the lilly.
All of these videos are meant to supplement directions given in the instruction booklet included in every Art Jam kit. We advise viewing them before beginning to draw.
Oil pastels were first invented in Japan in 1921 for school children. These wax oil crayons were relatively cheap and children were able to express themselves with bright colors. In 1947, during World War II, a famous artist named Pablo Picasso was unable to get oil pastels from Japan. A friend of Picasso’s approached Henri Sennelier, a French manufacturer of fine art supplies, and asked Mr. Sennelier to make oil pastels for visual artists, which he did.
Oil pastels are made of three materials: powdered pigment (the color); oil (allows the pigment to spread across the drawing surface); and wax (holds the pastel together and makes the oil and pigment stick to the surface). Oil pastel drawings never fully dry because of the oil contained in each stick. Your drawings should be framed in a mat behind glass or clear plastic to protect them from smudging.
Click here to view a brief video on the manufacture of Oil Pastels.
The pastels being made are white. Any color pigment can be added to the heated mixture of oil and wax to obtain any desired hue.
Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist, painted large richly colored images of flowers, bones, and New Mexico landscapes.
She began her artistic career in New York City then moved to New Mexico where she lived for the rest of her life.
O'Keeffe was one of the first internationally recognized women artists in history.
Click this button to view a short video of O'Keeffe'a flowers.
All of our projects contain materials that are safe and meet the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) 2008. Contact Us to request certificates of compliance on any of the products or materials in our project kits.
We would love to see your finished work of art and to hear about your Art Jam experience.
Email us an image (jpg) of your oil pastel and any comments or recommendations you may have.