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Design a stark winter landscape with long shadows. Show silhouettes of trees, snowboarders, sleighs, or other winter scenes. Add a sprinkle of salt and you're set!
Provide students with examples of snow scenes and silhouettes. How do these visuals illicit a strong emotional response? Search fine art examples (Monet's Haystacks in the Snow), as well as children's literature (The Snowy Day), advertising, packaging, and other uses. Open a discussion of how snow effects are achieved by artists. List student ideas on a calssroom white board using Crayola® Dry Erase Markers.
After covering their work areas with recycled newspaper, encourage students to experiment with ways to achieve snowy silhouettes, such as a sky for the snowstorm created with wet watercolor paper, watercolor paint, and a sponge.
Demonstrate to the class using a Crayola Watercolor Brush with one color of Crayola Watercolor Paint. Brush the wet color over the wet paper. Rinse your brush and add a second color, blending the colors together on the paper. Cover the entire page to resemble sky colors during a snowstorm. Provide students with class time to experiment with materials and create their visions of the snowy skies.
While the paint is still wet, ask students to sprinkle kosher salt on their paintings. Watch the salt absorb the watercolors to make a crystal or snowy pattern. As it is drying, encourage students to discuss the scientific principles behind what is being observed.
Distribute dark construction paper to members of the class. Ask children to consider sketching silhouettes of winter images with a white Crayola Colored Pencil. As a whole group, brainstorm what images might enhance their wintry artwork, such as adding skiers or snowboarders, trees, sleighs, skylines, or other wintry scenes. Use Crayola Scissors to cut out silhouettes. Attach them to your winter sky with Crayola Glue Sticks.
While glue is drying, invite students to compose several sentences describing their snowy scenes. Post student artwork, with writing pieces attached, on a classroom bulletin board.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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