This bat chalk pastel art is so fun and easy and great for kids of all ages! The bright chalk pastels on black paper make the whole image look like it’s glowing. Kids will learn a simple chalk pastel technique that gives wow results every time!
Pastels are so fun for kids to explore! Take a look at my collection of chalk pastel art for more creative ideas kids will love.
This would make a great Halloween art activity or a great project idea to connect to a bat unit in the classroom or at home. We love making bat art projects, take a look at our Halloween Art Project with 3D Paper Bats for another great idea!
Bat books for kids
There are so many great bat books that would be a perfect addition to this project and to help extend the learning both in fiction and non-fiction! Take a look below for a few ideas.
For this project, I created a printable to make this craft even easier for you. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to download your bat template.
Create your own bat chalk pastel art
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- Bat template
- White cardstock
- Black pastel paper, black drawing paper, cardstock or construction paper
- Chalk pastels
- Painters tape
- Paper towels
- Blending stick or q-tip (optional)
- Workable fixative (optional)
Instructions to make your bat art project
1. Print out your bat template onto white cardstock. Printing it out on thicker paper makes it easier for kids to work with.
Cut out your template and tape it down onto black paper. We used black pastel paper for this project, but use black drawing paper for chalk pastels all the time. Both work great.
You can even use black scrapbook paper or construction paper if you are doing this project in the classroom.
2. Have kids decide on the pastel colors they want to use. You don’t have to stick to Halloween colors here, bright colors or even rainbow colors would look great!
Start by drawing thick lines around your bat template. You want the lines to be fairly thick so there is enough chalk to smudge with.
3. Once you are done drawing around the template, it’s time to smudge! I like to use my fingers for this step, I find it gets the best results. Some kids don’t like to get chalk on their fingers so they can try using a q-tip or blending stick to smudge.
Smudge around the bat in an outward direction. Remind kids not to smudge back and forth, this will only make the colors look muddy.
For more easy chalk pastel techniques, check out these 5 essential chalk pastel techniques for beginners.
Have lots of paper towels on hand for kids to wipe their fingers with. If I am smudging from a light color to a dark color, I will wipe my hands in between so the colors don’t mix together.
This is a good time to take your pastel art outside and blow off the excess dust!
4. Carefully lift off the template to reveal your amazing bat art!
If you find that a lot of pastel dust has gotten underneath your template, you can use a q-tip to carefully wipe it away.
5. As an optional last step, you can spray your artwork with a workable fixative to help prevent smudging, but it’s not necessary.
This bat chalk pastel art was such a cool Halloween project! Super easy and fun and a great way for kids to explore chalk pastels.
Tips for working with chalk pastels
Chalk pastels can be messy (but so fun!). There are a few things you can do to keep some of the mess contained:
- Put newspaper down on desks or tables
- Put your project on a tray or a shallow cardboard box which will keep most of the mess inside the tray
- You can try doing your project outside
- Have lots of paper towels handy
- Once you are done with your project, take it outside to gently blow or shake off the excess dust
- If you are using chalk pastels in the classroom and the kids are ready to take their artwork home, simply place the art between some newspaper to keep it from smudging and for easy transport.
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- Black pastel paper, drawing paper, cardstock or construction paper
- White cardstock
- Bat printable template
- Chalk pastels
- Painters tape
- Q-tip (optional)
- Blending stick (optional)
- Print out your bat template onto white cardstock.
- Tape the template down onto black paper. We used black pastel paper for this project but use black drawing paper for chalk pastels all the time. You could also try using cardstock or construction paper.
- Have kids choose the chalk pastel colors they would like to use. Start drawing thick lines around your template with chalk pastels.
- Once you have drawn thick lines around the whole bat printable, you can start to smudge! Use your fingers to smudge the colors in an outward direction.
Remind kids not to smudge back and forth, this will mix the pastels too much and create muddy colors.
Some kids do not like using their fingers to blend chalk pastels, they can try using a q-tip or blending stick instead.
- If there is a lot of dust on the paper at this point, take your paper outside and blow off the excess pastel dust.
- Gently lift off the template to reveal your bat art! If there is a lot of dust underneath the printable, try using a q-tip to clean it up.