Delicious Desserts Oil Pastel Art Lesson || Cupcakes + Ice Cream Cones

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Looking to ramp up the quality of your art instruction by teaching students how to draw and shade realistically? In this oil pastel project inspired by American artist Wayne Thiebaud, students will not only learn how to draw 3D forms, broaden their knowledge of color theory, and learn shading techniques to create a gorgeous work of art, but they will beam with pride once they learn how to take their flat drawings to the next level. In this dynamic and visually stunning lesson, students will learn how to draw 3D forms, blend oil pastels to create stunning analogous color combinations, demonstrate a change in value with the understanding of a light source and shadows and use their creative freedom to create a gorgeous series of either cupcakes or ice cream cones.

In this 64 page lesson, available through google slides, power point, or as a PDF, teachers and students will find that all of the guess work as been taken out of this project. With each element broken down with step by step photos, clear directives, video, worksheets and drawing guides, anyone who creates this lesson is set up for success. This lesson is best suited for upper elementary and middle school students.


The digital pdf for this lesson includes:

  • Lesson Objectives
  • Vocabulary List
  • National Standards
  • Supplies needed for the project
  • Cupcake and ice cream drawing guides (3 pages)
  • Practice sheet pdf
  • Artist background info on Wayne Thiebaud
  • Two Complete lessons of how to create an Ice cream still life as well as a cupcake still life
  • Step-by-Step Photos of both lessons from beginning to end with detailed explanations for each step.
  • 3 Time lapse videos demonstrating both projects as well as the practice sheet.
  • Helpful tips & tricks for teacher to share with students
  • Two different assessment templates
  • 3 Book recommendations to pair with the lesson
  • 3 videos about Wayne Thiebaud
  • Completed student examples for reference

Suggested Materials:

  • Oil Pastels
  • Black Construction Paper


 Terms & Use:

Please note, in purchasing this resource, you are agreeing that the contents are the property of Kaitlyn Edington and licensed to you only for classroom/personal use. I, Kaitlyn Edington retain the copyright, and reserve all rights to this product.

 This lesson is intended for classroom use only and may not claimed or resold as your own.

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