Coloring Instructions

YISS Community Art Project

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Conducting a Coloring Session

**Supplies Provided by PTO:

75cm square paper (with image already traced on)

Oil Pastel

Picture print-out

*Supplies you need to prepare:

Newspapers or a large piece of paper to cover the desk

Scotch Magic Tape (opaque kind that you can write on)

*Supplies can be picked up at the PTO room on April 22nd, between 8:30 – 12:30. During that time, you will be able to see an example and ask questions.


1. Spread newspapers or a large piece of paper on a desk or a table, then secure the coloring square on top of it with scotch magic tape.

2. Have a group of 4-6 children color at one time.

3. Smudge back the oil pastel residues as they form

4. Parents and teachers finish the coloring, making sure all the spots are filled completely.


· Have a plan – if you have 4 groups, you might want to divide the coloring in 4 stages.

· There will be lots of oil pastel residues – skillfully smudge them back on to the paper using strokes.

· Make sure that when you color, your hand doesn’t rest on the paper so there will be no smudging. Lift up your wrist as shown below.


Chosen art will be divided into 40 squares (below image is just a sample), each measuring 75cm x 75cm. We will trace the image for coloring, and assign one square to each classroom for coloring.


1. You will be receiving a 75cm x 75cm paper with images already traced. (It is a lot larger than the pictured image.)

2. Outline

Indicate the main colors by outlining the images with slightly darker medium tone of the color of the area. This should be done before you invite the children to color.

3. Fill in the base

Have a group of children shade the outlined area with medium tone oil pastel.

4. Distinguish shade and light

Leaving the light part out, fill in the shaded part with darker shade.

5. Stroke in different shades

Using stroke technique, add texture to the area with different shades.

6. Work in the shadows

Scribble in darker shade to shadowed area, then add strokes with different shades.

7. Add in highlights

Using cool tones, highlight the appropriate areas.