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

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Second Grade Mount Fuji-Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai


june mt fujiSkill Learned:  Working with watercolor and using oil pastel to create a resist.

Materials Needed:

  • White oil pastel
  • Blue, white, brown, red, orange and yellow water color
  • 18 x 24 taped water color paper
  • white batting or cotton balls for clouds
  • mount Fuji cut out
  • salt for background
  • tacky glue
  • large and thin brushes
  • black paint or sharpie for kanji word

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Second Grade Bubble-Gum Self-Portraits

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I added this portrait to my second grade material last year and they loved it 🙂  A thanks to Jenni Horne (I follow her blog on sidebar).  I adapted it from her lesson.  Thanks Jenni and to all the great art teachers that are inspiring 🙂

leala bp ricky bpMaterials Needed:

  • 12 x 12 canvas board or panel
  • Oil pastels (16 color set craypas are my choice)
  • Discount school supply bottled watercolor
  • Ping-pong balls spray painted pink or blue (do this ahead of time)
  • Large paintbrushes
  • Watercolor trays
  • Self-portrait template to fit 12 x 12 canvas
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Hot glue gun to place ping-pong ball on portrait.

Skills Learned:

  • Sketching and drawing a portrait.
  • Brush strokes.
  • Blending colors.

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