First we talked a bit about snowflakes and then I showed them some amazing photographs of real snowflakes (taken with a special microscope) in The Little Book of Snowflakes by Kenneth Liebrecht.
Next, we learned how to draw a snowflake using diagonal and horizontal lines:
1. Draw a tall, skinny “X”.
2. Draw a horizontal line through the middle of it.
3. “Decorate” each of the six branches in the same way, using short lines and small circles or dots.
Then we used white oil pastels and watercolor to create our snow paintings:
1. Write the word “SNOW” across the middle of your 12x18 white construction paper using white oil pastel. Make your letters big and go over them several times to make them nice and thick.
2. Now draw as many snowflakes as you can all over your paper. Fill every empty space with different snowflake designs.
3. Use a Sharpie to write your name near the bottom.
4. Finally, paint over your entire paper with a colorful watercolor wash. Use lots of water so your paint will be transparent. Every time you pick up more paint, dip your brush in the water first. Experiment with mixing lots of different colors!