Today I am sharing a “Winter Friend” snowman directed drawing art activity that I completed a few years ago with my first grade classroom. If you know me and my blog, you know how much I LOVE directed drawings because students feel incredibly successful and the results are simply precious!
This directed drawing can be adapted for any primary classroom or completed at home with a few simple materials. You will need white art paper, pencils, erasers, fine black markers or Sharpie pens, and watercolor paints. I recommend proper paper meant for art because it can handle the water and paint and shouldn’t tear the paper if used properly.
You’ll see in the images that I am standing front and center and using my large easel and chart paper to draw on. My students are sitting at their desks with their supplies. I take things slow and draw each step and give each instruction one at a time. I make sure to give my students plenty of time to follow along and ask questions. You will have the most success if you model the lesson this way and take your time.
Occasionally you’ll have some students who over use their erasers. They may be tiny perfectionists that want their snowman to look exactly like yours or are never happy with their efforts. Make sure to give plenty of encouragement along the way! We will often pause and take a look at our group’s drawings to give compliments and encourage one another.
I usually complete the activity over two days or periods of time. On day one we complete the drawing and the tracing with a black marker. One day two we paint. If your class hasn’t used watercolour paints before, you should demonstrate how to make proper brush strokes with a paintbrush and the water to paint ratio. I usually use larger paintbrushes instead of the small ones that are normally included with watercolour paint sets.
These snowmen really pop out because of the brightly painted backgrounds. I instruct my students not to use dark colours, like black or brown, but to use brighter colours, such as red, yellow, or light blue. After they paint the backgrounds, they paint the details they’ve drawn for their snowman. The details should be different colours from the background otherwise they disappear and don’t stand out.
Once everyone completes their “Winter Friend” snowman directed drawing art activity, they place them somewhere to dry completely. Don’t make the mistake to hang them or place them upright. Paint and water would drip down onto the snowman.
Each snowman looks unique in its own way. Each child followed the same instructions, yet they were able to add their own special touches to make theirs different from the rest.
You can create a colourful bulletin board display with your “Winter Friends!” I cut large pieces of cardstock in a variety of bright colours to create a frame for each snowman. Each piece is cut large enough to leave a 1″ border around the outside. I added punch out letters by Creative Teaching Press to create a title for the board.
Directed Drawing Resources
FREE Printable Instructions
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Directed Drawing Mats
Add directed drawings to your weekly lesson plans to help children follow directions and build drawing skills. There are 5 different directed drawings included each month of Drawing Mats!
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