There are a million snowmen projects out there, I think I try a different one every year. This year, we pretended that we were lying on the ground looking up at our snowman.
We talked about how the bottom snowball would look gigantic and they would get smaller as they went up. We also discussed that other parts of the snowman would get bigger or smaller depending on where on the page they were located. The kids had a good time exagerating the buttons or coal on the front of their snowman. We added snowlakes with white crayon before using watercolor to add color to our sky.
Second graders pretended they were wild life photographers and we were zooming in our cameras on a cardinal in our backyard. We discussed that we would only see part of the bird because we were so close to our subject. Kids had a good time pretending and they loved learning to put their hands together to make a lens.
Students then drew a simple contour line drawing of a cardinal after observing them from photographs. We outlined them in thick sharpies and painted them with tempera paint. Students then painted the backgrounds however they liked but we did talk about how objects like buildings and entire trees probably wouldn't be seen in the photograph and we should stick to smaller objects if we were going to make our pictures realistic
Chugging along with my winter themed art, third graders did a quick study of ellipses. We looked at objects such as bowls, cups, and cakes and observed that while looking at the objects from above they appear as circles but as the object is looked at from the side the shape changes to be that of an oval.
Students then drew a cup of their choosing. Coffee cups, tea cups, mugs of hot chocolate were all hot choices. They added handles and other interesting details such as steam rising, marshmellows floating or a simple saucer to catch the drips. We added areas of pattern and outlined them in sharpie maker.
Afterwards I had the kids simply color them with colored marker. I noticed that the kids worked very quietly today, maybe because there just seems to be something so relaxing about just coloring.