Thursday, July 29, 2010

Oil Pastels

My favorite gift to get for myself is definitely Amazon gift cards. I love Amazon, especially now when I got myself a Prime membership as a Christmas present. My last little shopping spree brought us Crayola Oil Pastels and Melissa and Doug drawing pad (on a great sale too!). Anna is not a big fan of crayons, since they are not bright enough for her liking and don’t “glide”. Pastels are nice and smooth, and the number of colors is not overwhelming like in a big crayon box. I am a bit July29_Coloring disappointed that they still have the usual Crayola problem – the paper wrapper slides off too easily, and my daughter always gets distracted by trying to either fix it or to slide it off completely. Still, she really enjoyed using them today and colored enthusiastically her Taj Mahal. I gave her a simplified version of the story. I told her that an Indian King wanted this “castle” to be as beautiful as his beloved wife, and she kept saying as she was coloring that she is going to try as hard as an Indian King did and that she is going to make her Taj Mahal very colorful.

July29_Jungle

It always surprises me when Anna “draws to order”, since she is usually not interested in drawing at all. But this time I asked her to draw Indian jungle for our landmarks scrapbook that we are putting together, and she was happy to oblige. She even told me in advance what she is going to draw – a coconut palm, a buzzing bee and a tiger. Unfortunately, she chose a pale yellow for the tiger, but she was very deliberately drawing his paw caught in the trap, just like in Tigers at Twilight from The Magic Tree House series. I have decided to retry the series from the middle after we faltered rather badly with scary Mommies in the Morning, but now she loves Jack and Annie again. Too bad that they never went to Germany, because that’s where she chose to head next in our geography studies.

9 comments:

淑吳玲 said...

好的開始並不代表會成功,壞的開始並不代表是失敗............................................................

Mom and Kiddo said...

That's a pretty cool drawing. I love introducing new art supplies. One of my favorites is watercolor crayons. They really glide!

The girl who painted trees said...

I love her drawing. We love pastels. I just take the wrappers right off and throw them in the garbage:) The great thing about that is that then they will use them sideways to get really thick lines and to shade in areas and it adds a new dimension to their drawing and coloring repertoire. Let me know see a great sale on Amazon for anything art material related. I'm always looking for great sales to add to our art supplies:)

Christy said...

Great drawing! You must have been so happy that Anna decided to draw this. We are big fans of oil pastels; we love to paint over them with watercolors.

Ticia said...

I haven't let them use my oil pastels yet. I wonder what the pricing is on the Crayola ones. I've got some that are actual artist one from Michael's a few years ago. But, haven't since then.

Kim said...

ooh, I've never seen those pastels. Probably can't find them in Hawaii, which seems to be a craft desert. But I'll look! Love her picture. We're getting ready to start Magic Tree House books. Crumpet wouldn't tolerate chapter books with few pictures until we read these pirate stories. Now he's more open to the idea!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I stopped doing Amazon Prime, because it made shopping a little too easy :)

We tried The Magic Tree House out again this week, with Monday with a Mad Genius - but it didn't get a very good reception.

MaryAnne said...

I love Anna's drawing - she's quite the artist when she wants to be =)

Fairion said...

Froggy received oil pastels as part of the NGA Stories in Art program. She is now in love with them. Blending colors and shading is fun and inspiring. The texture is amazing. I don't remember ever using them before and am enjoying it as much as she is.