What Christmas is All About and Winter Snowman

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shelter projectEvery Christmas I take some of the students from the school I teach art at to the shelter near our house to decorate cookies and bring collected items for the children living there.  I am always amazed each year how much stuff our small school can collect.  Proof that we all can make a difference in peoples lives.  This year we collected two large suburban car loads 🙂  We had clothes, books, and stuffed animals galore.  The sisters and aspirants came with us.  Bittersweet Bistro donates cookies to decorate and these are the best cookies ever.  And finally Target donates gift cards for all the children.  It is truly a community effort and it always marks the start of our holiday within our family.  I am ever so grateful to all that help make this happen we are truly blessed to have these people in our lives.


So I am giving you a double dose of blog today…this week was crazy.  I was wrapping everything but presents for my own family.  Shelter gifts, gifts of art from my students but we had time to do this fun snowman project with the second grade so I had to share it with you.  Most of you artsy people have most of the supplies at home so do this with your kids, nephews/nieces or family over the break.  It makes you want to smile.  And Happy Holidays…remember all that you have this season and we can all make a difference in the world 🙂


winter snowmanThis snowman is from the perspective of laying on the ground.  You are on the ground making snow angels looking up at your snow man.

Materials Used:

  • 16 set of oil pastels (I use craypas)
  • Winter snow  (link below)
  • Extra large buttons (discount school supply)
  • Small buttons
  • Orange felt
  • Google eyes
  • Cotton ball
  • White tempera paint
  • Large brushes
  • Tacky glue
  • Blue watercolor
  • 18 x 24 watercolor paper taped

Start by discussing the perspective of laying in the snow looking up at your snowman.  Then have them take out their black oil pastel.  Go step by step starting with the bottom of the snowman.  Make an oval that goes from one side of the paper to the bottom.  Then step two is a smaller circle on top of the first line and finally a smaller one for the head.  Then draw the whimsical hat with a pom-pom on top.  Next show them how to draw the twig arms one up and one down.  Last draw the scarf and facial features.  Finally have them color in the scarf, hat and arms.  Now you are ready for snow.  Have them paint white tempera on the body of the snowman.  Don’t worry if they paint where the buttons will go you can wipe it away.  Add the snow so it will stick to the paint.  Tempera paint has glue in it so it will so the snow will stick.  Then have them make sure they wipe away the snow where the buttons go so it will stick better.   Finally after you glue all your pieces on:  google eyes, small buttons for mouth, felt for nose and large buttons you can then watercolor around the snowman.  Then you are done J  This makes me happy the students loved it!

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