Try this easy chalk art with glue and chalk pastels. Scrape chalk powder over glue and swirl chalk designs! A fun process art activity for kids.
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Easy Chalk Art for Kids – Process Art Inspired by Van Gogh


Kids can do this easy chalk art activity with glue and chalk pastels. A fun process art activity for kids to do while learning about Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork. Post by Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio.

Easy Chalk Art for Kids Inspired by Van Gogh
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There’s a collection of books about famous artists written by Laurence Anholt that are wonderful, easy to read, with great illustrations. We have a few as part of our children’s book collection and my boys really like them. “Van Gogh and the Sunflowers” is the latest one that we acquired and we’ve been reading it a lot lately.

We usually have a routine at night where either myself or my husband reads a book they pick from their bedroom library. After reading it, they request a story…and then a song…and then they make up just about any other excuse to delay bedtime as much as they can.

But don’t they all? I know I used to do it too when I was a child…Ha! It’s payback right?

As I was reading this book to them, I came up with this fun process art idea. We tried it a couple days later and they really enjoyed it! It was inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, which is just about one of the most amazing paintings of all times for me.

Swirl chalk pastels dust on glue.

The swirls and vibrant colors in the sky; the movement he achieves by pushing the paint around while experimenting with light and gesture–can playfully be explored with this activity.

I really hope you give this easy chalk art project a try–I can assure your kid(s) will have a blast.

Easy Chalk Art for Kids


Spreading glue in pan for easy chalk art activity.

1. Pour the Glue

Set out your pan or plastic plate and begin by pouring glue to cover the whole surface. You might want to use your hands to shake it around a little so the glue drips all around.

Spreading glue on pan for an easy chalk art activity.

And in the end, my 5 year old, who did this with me, ended up putting 2 fingers over the glue to spread it around a little faster.

Scraping chalk pastels with a plastic card for an easy chalk art activity.

2. Scrape the Chalk Pastels

Select the colors of chalk pastels you will be using and start “scraping” them with your card on top of the glue, covering the entire surface.

This was my son’s favorite part as he loved watching how the pastels turned into powder as he rubbed them against the card. He was very focused on covering everything. And I mean EVERYTHING (table included)!

Scraping chalk pastels with a plastic card for an easy chalk art activity.

3. Draw with your Toothpick

Once your pan is covered in pastels, bring out a toothpick and focus on drawing over the colors, making lines and shapes.

Swirling a design with chalk dust – an easy chalk art activity.

My son was very focused on making it look like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, only because he brought in the book and kept looking at it. He was also very interested in how the colors mixed together as he brushed them with the toothpick.

This was a really fun process art activity, suited for kids five years old and up as the pastel scraping can be a challenging for little hands.

Chalk Art for Kids - Drawing in the Chalk and Glue with a Toothpick

Van Gogh inspired our easy chalk art, but you can certainly pair this project with the artist of your choice who explores movement, color and gesture.

Once we were done, my son showed it to everyone in the house, he was so proud of his creation. At this point, he has a clear idea of what process art is, so he knew we would have fun making it, enjoy the process, and then clean it all up.

And he was fine with that. I did save some really cool pictures though! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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  • Reply
    April 26, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    What a beautiful project. I was intrigued by the book so searched my library. The author is actually Laurence de Anholt for others who may be searching.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 26, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      Oh! Thanks for catching that, Virginia! I’ll correct that in the blog post. -Jean

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      Rene Mendel
      July 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      Also, it is called “Camille and the Sunflowers”.

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    May 3, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I really like this art project. When it is all dry can you remove it from the pan?

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      May 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      It depends on the pan, but that much PVA glue will take about 5 days to set properly and will become a thick layer of plastic with the chalk glued into it.

      That thick layer you can peel off of most surfaces (so long as not too textured or “grippy”).

      It’s like the acrylic “skins” that acrylic pouring artists make sometimes – PVA is a type of acrylic glue, “Polyvinyl acetate”, it dries to a type of vinyl plastic.
      Quite tough too.

      I’m interested to try this with both acrylic ink into the glue and those sticks of dried ink (Derwent Inktense) – they should be interesting.

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    Rene A, Mendel
    July 24, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas! The book by Anholt is actually called “Camille and the Sunflowers”. It’s a great story and it has pictures from Van Gogh’s painting “The Bedroom” My kids loved reading the book after looking closely at this painting.

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    March 25, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Beautiful ideas in visual arts!!!
    Thank you so much!!!

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    Asia Jackson
    June 14, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    I love the idea of this project. I wonder, does it create dust as they scrape the pastels? Worried about my little ones breathing this in.

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    Lanette Smith
    September 6, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Curious, did you try leaving it to dry out? Would you expect that it will dry out over time and keep the wonderful look and effect?

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    chris sylvester
    February 21, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Is this transparent like a sun catcher when you peel it out of the pan?

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