Monday, March 12, 2012

Snowmen at Night

Before spring officially arrives... here are the first grade snowmen!

The first graders and I both enjoy this project immensely. After repeating this lesson six years in a row, I still chuckle as I unload the drying rack the next day...

In class, we read Caralyn & Mark Buehner's book Snowmen at Night. What would YOUR snowman do if he came to life at night? Over the years, I have seen snowman pirates, artists, clowns, surfers, saxophone players, princesses, vikings, and even the sheriff.

After drawing our ideas with oil pastel and adding a horizon line, we learn to mix bright, exciting colors in the sky (we use tempera blocks). We also mix colors with white to create shadows in the snow. C-shaped shadows on the snowmen make them look round.

A few delightful snowpeople from this year:

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