Saturday, January 30, 2021

Our Favorite Winter-themed Art Ideas

We've created so many amazing, snowy frosty wintery artworks at the Blackfoot Art Center! It wasn't easy to pick just the right ones for our artists-in-residence. We've selected six of our favorites for you to create at home, each with complete instructions. Have fun!

Winter Alpine Trees

These lovely alpine trees are created with torn painted paper, collage, and tempera paint on a black substrate. Click here for our previous project post. You can also download a printable step-by-step pdf for this project. 

Hint: Keep your project printouts in an art project idea binder for future reference.

Downtown Snow Storm!

You'll will have a great time creating this awesome wintertime art project: a downtown snowstorm!

This is a mixed media painted collage. You'll paint the tall buildings, cut them out, glue them down, then finish with more details and lots of SNOW! Take a look at our earlier post to see how it's done. You can also print out our step-by-step pdf instructions for this fun project.

Winter Cardinals

These sweet little cardinals snuggle up on a snowy branch in this frosty winter landscape. You can learn more about this watercolor/tempera painting right here. You can also download a printable step-by-step pdf for this fun project. 

Steamy Hot Cocoa Mugs

Paint a steamy hot mug of cocoa while creating colorful designs and patterns for--well--everything! You can also add fun foam marshmallows and tracing paper steam... Click here to see our earlier weblog post. 

You can download a printable step-by-step pdf too.

Animals in Snugly Sweaters

These forest animals are snugly warm in their colorful sweaters! The entire project is created using Sharpies and markers (after the basic animal shape is lightly penciled in).  

Learn how here, or download our printable step-by-step pdf

Winter Tree Silhouettes

These winter tree silhouettes are unusual because we used warm instead of cool colors to create them. They are painted on watercolor paper using both liquid and pan watercolors. You can use both or either type for your painting. 

Learn more on our original post or watch a video and get step-by-step instructions at Deep Space Sparkle, which includes a free printable Winter Tree drawing guide.

Next up: Our favorite 'Heart Art' project ideas!

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Make COOL Snowman Art!

Without enough (or any) snow, it's difficult to build a proper snowman, right??? 

No worries! Make snowman art! 

In this post you'll find some of our favorite snowman-themed art projects. 

These are unique ways to create snowman art that you may have never thought of before. You will use a variety of art media while seeing snowmen a whole new way!

Build a Giant Snowman!

What makes this snowman look so BIG? Imagine you are a bug looking UP at this snowman. An ordinary snowman would look very LARGE, wouldn’t it?

It's a matter of perspective, or how we view something. A thing can look quite different from above, from below, close up, and from far away! So let’s learn how to make a snowman that looks really, really big! Take a look here and here to see our past weblogs about how to create a giant snowman.

Here is a two-page printable step-by-step pdf project guide

Paper Snow Globe

This snowman lives in a paper snow globe complete with a small wintery scene and a snow storm! All you need is a set of oil pastels, blue construction paper, and a strip of black poster board for a snow globe stand.

Here is a printable step-by-step pdf project guide for this project. 

Snowman 'Scoops'

Here's a special, delicious take on snowman art - Snowman Scoops! Also known as Scoopy the Snowman, this mixed media project is great fun for young artists in the early elementary grades. To 'get the scoop' on this project, visit our Snowman Scoops weblog post right here.

Here is a printable step-by-step pdf project guide.

Snowmen Having FUN!

What do snowmen do while you are sleeping? Read the book Snowmen at Night, by Caralyn and Mark Buehner to find out!!! (You can find it at the library or at Once Upon a Story, right here!)

Then, use your imagination to create your own nighttime snowman adventures!  Take a look at our weblog post for some awesome snowman adventure ideas to get you started.

Here is a printable step-by-step pdf project guide

How to Make a 6-pointed Snowflake

What are snowmen made of? Lots and lots of SNOWFLAKES!  
Did you know that each and every snowflake has six points or sides? We decided to include instructions for making your own 6-pointed paper snowflakes!

Click here to view a short step-by-step video. You can also print out this step-by-step pdf project guide.

Next: Our Favorite Winter-themed Art Ideas!