Here’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
- 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!
- Add a simple red scarf and a carrot nose.
- 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!
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