My First Grade students looked at a short video about the Iditarod.
I demonstrated how to draw a dog and a sled. We also discussed the Northern Lights.
They could have as many or few dogs as they wanted.
I saw an image done by a professional artist of birdhouses in the snow and it was such a fun colorful image, I wanted to do something like it with my kindergarten students.
We started with a guided drawing of one bird house. I showed them ways to add detail and encouraged them to use lots of color.
They then could add more houses if they wanted to. They also could add birds and nests. When complete, they added dots of paint to represent snow.
I have done this lesson with students from kindergarten to grade three.
I show the students how to make a simple building so that it appears three dimensional.
They add paths, trees, bushes, plants, waterfalls, whatever they want to their scene using oil pastel.
Once the drawing is complete, they use white paint to simulate snow.
This lesson was done with preschool and TK. I am sure is could be adapted for other ages. For this lesson, we used a printing technique done with scraps of cardboard and tempera paint.
To begin, we used some clean room paper that was donated to our class. It is a pale blue color and has a thicker yet smoother texture than that of construction paper.
Students first cut white paper for their snow. I drew wiggly lines on a rectangle strip of paper that they then cut. This was for the 4’s. For the 3’s who had not yet begun scissor skills, they used the other half of the cut paper leftover from the 4’s.
You’ll see I use plates of glue for my students. This reduces the amount of glue used and aids in eye-hand coordination.
The next step was to create the tree trunk. I demonstrated then students dipped the long edge of a cardboard rectangle into brown paint. We talked about trees being tall so most students did the trees all the way to the top edge of the paper.
Once they had the trunks, we swapped for green paint and they created their trees.
After the trees were printed, students could go back and add snow drops to their art.