No matter where you are in the world or if you have snow or not, it’s still fun to pretend! Create a beautiful, snowy display in your classroom with this winter wonderland art lesson.
I love the simplicity of this winter wonderland art activity. It requires only a few simple materials that are easy to come by. It allows for self-expression and creativity. Most importantly, students enjoy the activity and it makes for a beautiful display.
Whenever I teach any art lesson, I begin with a thorough demonstration. This way students are watching and focused. They learn each necessary step before they get their hands on the materials.
We use oil pastels to draw a winter scene. For this lesson, we drew houses and things around houses (i.e., trees, hills, cars, etc.). You could have your students draw anything they like or something specific.
We start by drawing outlines using different colours.
This art lesson looks best on dark construction paper. It creates a nice contrast with the white of the snow coming later. They fill in each thing drawn pressing down with their oil pastels.
Once the picture has been filled in, it is time to add the “snow”.
I pour white paint in small containers (I use recycled yogurt cups). A simple trick to adding the “snow” is using Q-Tips to dab in white paint. Students hold the Q-Tip and dab the end in the white paint. They dab the Q-Tip end on top of their picture to create snowflakes.
I instruct my students to think about how snow falls on things. It does not fall off of things right away and end up on the ground. Snow collects on roofs, ledges, tree tops, and more. They work on adding more snow to make things look snow covered. The snow covered world turns out so vivid on the dark construction paper.
Students enjoyed the activity and ability to create and be creative. I love this activity and use it almost every year! You could recreate it for any season of the year using paint for different seasonal features.
This winter wonderland art lesson also makes a beautiful display when posted on a bulletin board. I call my display “Winter Wonderland”!
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Have you done this art lesson or something similar to it before? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!