Monochromatic Snow Scene with Markers

Student spraying water on her monochromatic snow sceneHere’s an easy, win­tery snow scene, per­fect for those days when you need a les­son with­out much prep or clean-up. The week before Christ­mas break is that time for me!


  • 12 x 18 white con­struc­tion paper
  • Cray­ola Wash­able Mark­ers (you only need the gray, red, and orange)
  • Spray bot­tle filled with plain water


  1. Use your gray marker only to draw a mono­chro­matic (one color) snow scene with one snow­man, three win­tery trees (no leaves on the branches), and lots of big snowflakes.  (This is a great time to talk about fore­ground, mid­dle ground, and back­ground, using odd num­bers of things in a com­po­si­tion, and draw­ing the hori­zon line behind, not under, your snow­man.) Make sure you’re using wash­able mark­ers, or they won’t bleed when you spray them!
  2. Add a sim­ple red scarf and a car­rot nose.
  3. With adult super­vi­sion, lightly mist your entire paper with water, using a spray bot­tle.  Be care­ful not to get too car­ried away… the mark­ers will con­tinue to bleed and run for a while longer after you spray them!  Just cover the whole paper with a light mist.  You can always spray it again after it dries if you want it to bleed more.

Mist­ing the gray wash­able mark­ers with water gives your pic­ture a fun, snowy effect!  See Teach Kids Art on Face­book for more pic­tures by my tal­ented 1st graders!



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One Response to Monochromatic Snow Scene with Markers

  1. Kristine January 6, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    Tried this project with sev­eral of my groups, some adult artists with dis­abil­i­ties, some young artists, and every­one really enjoyed this. We added a lit­tle sil­ver glit­ter to add that sun­nys sparkle, but it was great to talk about cool col­ors, using shapes to make art and very inter­ac­tive and tac­tile. Thanks

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