My older student have a love/hate relationship with oil pastels. I will say the majority hate using them and always ask me after an oil pastel project if they 'ever have to use them again', haha. I love them for their blending capabilities and bright colours but I find my students find them messy and difficult to control, so they get frustrated with them quite easily.
So for this project the goal for them was to learn how to create a blended gradation or value change using oil pastels. We used stained glass as an inspiration because the glass used usually has a variation of values within it.
They started off by looking at different types of stained glass online. Then, on coloured construction paper, they drew out their design in pencil. I encouraged them to include borders and not have super large shapes; to really break up the space. Once the drawing was finalized and approved by me, they traced over all the pencil lines using a jumbo/king size Sharpie to mimic the thick lead lines.
Then they coloured in the entire design using oil pastels, making sure to include gradations within each section.
Some Grade 7 - 9 artworks: