Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Snowman Scoops!

Introducing Snowman Scoops!

Such a fun project - for all ages! Our youngest artist was just four. The original idea came from a lesson taught in a 2nd grade classroom, but apparently every kid likes the idea of a snowman ice cream cone!

First, using white chalk, we lightly sketch the three stacked circles of the snowman on a piece of blue paper. We also add the cone at the bottom. 

Then we fill in the circles with white liquid tempera paint. Then we start at the top and paint it again to get it good and white!

Next, we mix a tiny bit of blue into a small amount of white paint and paint this light blue tint near the edge of one side of the snowman. Then we mix in more blue and paint this new tint along the edge. This creates shadows to give the illusion of volume and form for realism. 

Next, we paint the brown cone, and add a bit of white along the light side of the cone without rinsing the brush. This allows you to blend the white and brown more easily from the edge.

Now it's time to add our details, like the waffle pattern in the cone. We use oil pastels to do this.

The snowman's face, head gear (knit cap, top hat, ear muffs, etc.) scarf, buttons, and branchy arms are added.

But what to do about drips and smears of white paint on our blue backgrounds?  

We solved this problem by drawing big white snowflakes right over them!


Our thanks to Art.Eat.Tie Dye.Repeat. for this great lesson idea!

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