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 an art lesson, I begin with a thorough demonstration. This demo ensures that students are watching and focused. They learn each necessary step before they get their hands on the materials.
How to Make This Winter Art Project
Use oil pastels to draw a winter scene. For this lesson, we drew houses and things around dwellings (i.e., trees, hills, cars, etc.). You could have your students draw anything they like or something specific.
Start by drawing outlines using different colors.
This art lesson looks best on dark construction paper. It creates a nice contrast with the white of the snow coming later. 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.”
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. Dab the Q-Tip end on top of the picture to create snowflakes.
Instruct students to think about how snow falls on things. It does not fall off of things right away and ends up on the ground. Snow collects on roofs, ledges, treetops, and more.
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 enjoy 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.
Winter Art Project Bulletin Board Display
This winter art project also makes a beautiful display when posted on a bulletin board. I call this display “Winter Wonderland”!
Ready to complete this winter art project in your classroom? Have the supplies prepared that you need!
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