Complete this step-by-step snowman drawing art activity in a classroom or at home over winter break. Teachers can help their students in preK, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade learn to draw and paint and practice following directions.
The Most Adorable Snowman Directed Drawing Activity
As the crisp air ushers in the magic of winter, it brings the opportunity to create cozy memories and cheerful artwork with the little ones. Whether you’re seeking a festive activity for your classroom or a fun January project to enjoy with your children at home, winter directed drawings offer a perfect blend of structure and creativity to brighten the chilly days.
This winter 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 a proper piece meant for art because it can handle the water and paint and shouldn’t tear the paper if used properly.
Not only is it an excellent way to develop fine motor skills, but it’s also a delightful reason for kids to express their creativity, no matter the weather outside. So gather your materials, and let’s dive into a winter wonderland of drawing and painting!
Steps to Complete the Snowman Drawing
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 lightly, slowly, draw each step, and give each instruction individually. I 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.
Follow these simple steps to create adorable snowmen your students will enjoy painting!
Step 1: Circle
Begin by drawing a circle almost in the center of your paper. Place it slightly toward the top, leaving room for a hat.
Step 2: Snowman’s Head
Under the circle, draw two curved lines down to the bottom. These are the sides of the second snowball, so they should be larger than the head.
Step 3: Snowman’s Arms
There won’t be much room for the arms, so explain this to students. Draw two parallel lines coming out of the body and off the page. If there is space, draw a hand with three pointed ends.
Step 4: Snowman’s Hat
On top of your snowman’s head, add a hat! Draw an oval on the top of the head and then place a triangle shape on the oval. Add a pom pom on top. Encourage students to decorate with a pattern. Let kids get creative with their hats. It’s always fun to see the different hats they dream up.
Step 5: Snowman’s Face
Add snowman facial features. Then, give them a small rectangle nose as the carrot, a mouth, and button circle eyes! Emphasize the snowman’s smiling mouth with small circles for coal.
Step 6: Snowman’s Body
Add a pattern to the snowman’s scarf and buttons on the body. Draw lines just below the neck with a rectangle below. Give the bottom of the rectangle little points to look like the end of a scarf. Draw more lines behind to show the snowman’s scarf blowing in the wind. Give it some stripes or a fun design.
Extending the Snowman Drawing
If you want to find ways to extend this kid-friendly activity, try spreading it out over a few days and art classes. Complete the drawing and trace the image with a black marker on day one. Erase pencil marks to make it look nice and neat. On day two, paint your snowman.
Occasionally, you’ll have some students who overuse their erasers. They may be tiny perfectionists who 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.
On day two, paint your snowman. If your class hasn’t used watercolor paints before, you should demonstrate how to make proper brush strokes with a paintbrush and the water-to-paint ratio. Larger paintbrushes work better than the small rigid ones included in paint sets. They don’t tear the paper as easily and work better for larger paper.
Of course, you could choose to color with crayons or markers if that’s easier for your students and their little hands
Unique Snowman Drawings as Decor
These snowmen pop out because of the brightly painted backgrounds. I instruct my students not to use dark colors, like black or brown, but to use brighter colors, like 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 colors from the background; otherwise, they disappear and don’t stand out.
Once everyone completes their “Winter Friend” snowman drawing art activity, they place them somewhere to dry completely. Don’t make the mistake of hanging them or putting them upright. Paint and water would drip down onto the snowman.
Each snowman looks unique in its way. Each child followed the exact instructions, yet they could add their special touches to make theirs different from the rest.
Snowman Drawing Bulletin Board
You can create a colorful bulletin board display with the complete drawings. I cut large pieces of cardstock in various bright colors to create a frame for each snowman. Each piece is cut large enough to leave a 1″ border around the outside. I added punch letters by Creative Teaching Press to create a title for the board.
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