Thursday, November 12, 2015

Winter landscapes by 1st grade - one day project


I needed a quick winter themed artwork for a holiday card deadline and thank goodness for the great ideas at McLean Magnet ES found on Artsonia - I knew their landscapes would be a nice inspiration for my first graders, who learned about creating space in a landscape through size and placement choices.  First we sketched in the hills and bare branched trees, and added a moon and a few footprints in the snow. Next, we painted colorful skies to contrast with the hills of white snow and topped it off with some snowflake spots using the back end of our watercolor brushes. Sometimes simple is all you need for just the right look!











14 comments:

  1. They are beautiful! What a great idea!

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  2. Love those footprints -- such a nice touch!!

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    1. Are the trees added afterwards with black marker?

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  4. Did you use black marker to do the trees after everything else was finished?

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    1. Actually the pencil drawing is first, sharpie second, then watercolor last - just paint right over the sharpie.

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  5. Are the footprints made from ink stamped finger prints?

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    1. They are actually just pencil, but fingerprints would work if you aren't trying to change the size for depth.

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  6. I'd love to have any of those framed on my wall - simplicity is really beautiful

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  7. Hello! This is beautiful! I am just not sure how you did the snowflakes... We don't have white in our waterpainting palettes...

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    1. I gave them a little spot of white tempera to do the snowflake dots, using the back end of their brush. The white on the ground is just the blank paper.

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