I've finally come up with a way to use up all those irritating little stubs of oil pastel that are invariably left at the bottom of the box. We have hundreds of the things hanging around, all about a centimetre long, all grubby and unloved, and the students never want to touch them.
Anyway, I decided to try forcing my Year 10s into using them and the results were great, as well as being really quick and pacey.
I didn't allow them to hold the pastel like a pencil at all or to use the point of the pastel, so details and outlines were out of the question in the early stages.
The students found they were able to blend different colours and textures really easily and the results were instant, so really motivated the slower, more careful members of the group as well as the less confident students.
A few results below! These took about 3 lessons to complete.