Oil pastels are great fun to play with at home. My favorite brand can be found on this board. What I like about the Portfolio series is that they can be blended by hand or with a brush and water to achieve a variety of effects. Try using old pastels on dark colored paper, or use a marker to draw a design and color it in with pastels, blending to create paint-like color. Just be sure to have plenty of paper towels on hand. It can be messy work!
Also, check out student artwork on our new Instagram account, thursdayart. I will be showcasing student pieces there each week, so if you are an Instagram user, be sure to follow our class!