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Experiement with paint techniques to create a unique snow scene.
After reading about hibernating animals, ask students what happens to most of the animals that live in forests during the winter. Students should be able to talk about and define the term hibernation. Draw the conversation to what the forest looks like when the animals begin their winter hibernation. Provide several examples of pictures and photographs for students to examine and discuss.
Point out to students the space present in snowy scenes. Share the two artistic methods used to create this feeling of deep space. The first is overlapping, in which larger objects are placed in the front and smaller objects are placed in the back. The second is contrast, where objects in front have more contrast, or brighter whites, than objects in the back.
To begin their Snowy Winter Weather paintings, instruct students put on their Crayola® Art Smocks and cover work space with recycled newspaper. Use a small piece of crumpled paper towel to dab white Crayola Washable Paint on blue paper. Begin with the background, which will be very light (or have less contrast) to show that it is far away. To make a light background, have students blot the paper towel on scrap paper until it is nearly dry, then paint your paper. Students may wish to make an irregular mountainscape, such as one with caves where bears might hibernate, then fill it with light dabs.
Students make a second, brighter landscape in front by dabbing white paint on the paper without blotting it first.
Encourage students to add trees by using the edge of the paper towel. Make blotted trees in the distance and brighter, bolder trees in the foreground. Trees look smaller when they are far away, and larger when they are closer, too. Students can use their fingertips to add branches, etc.
People around the world give thanks for their food. Celebrate a harvest of pineapples, pumpkins, or pomegranates-and sho
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