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Salty Snow Silhouette

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!

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
  • Standards

    LA: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

    LA: Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.

    LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    SCI: Analyze and interpret weather data to identify day-to-day variations as well as long-term patterns.

    SCI: Obtain information about different climatic areas to predict typical weather conditions expected in a particular season in a given area.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: The Reason for Seasons by Gail Gibbons; Seasons by Blexbolex; The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons; Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems by Lee Bennet Hopkins

    Students trace the silhouettes of classmates on dark construction paper, cut them out, and glue them onto light construction paper. Experiment with how shadows are created.

    Students build a landscape using white Crayola Model Magic, spatter white tempera paint, or draw with white colored pencils or glitter glue to resemble a snowy setting.

    Students take digital photographs in their community of winter scenes at dusk. Upload these photographs to a class computer. Attempt to duplicate a photographic scene using this lesson plan's procedures.


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