Winter Art Project: Geometric Trees
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This winter art project is about learning to mix different shades of green. Keep the drawing simple so there’s plenty of time to experiment.  MATERIALS • Multimedia Paper • Crayola Watercolor Mixing Set • Crayons • Hole Punch • White paper, scraps • White glue   DIRECTIONS 1. To begin, I asked the students to draw at least three triangles … Read More

Draw a Winter Town
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This lesson on how to draw a winter town is fun for those that enjoy drawing buildings. I’ve found it especially helpful for students to use grid paper.   • View and download Draw a Winter Town Tutorial 1. Draw ground line and four building rectangles. 2. Add a roof lines as shown. 3. Divide buildings with floor lines and … Read More

Easy Winter Snowflake Art
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My favorite thing about this winter snowflake art is the plastic trading card sleeves that instantly make the art look laminated. Hides any imperfect gluing too. MATERIALS Watercolor paper Art Trading Cards Liquid watercolor paint Salt Card stock paper, white Snowflake punch, vintage Glue stick Scissors Plastic trading card sleeves DIRECTIONS Use liquid watercolor paints on watercolor paper cut to … Read More

Winter Birch Tree Painting
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Winter Birch Tree Painting Instructions

Cool Winter Painting
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Cool Winter Painting Instructions

Winter Trees, Tissue Skies
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Winter Trees and Tissue Paper Skies

Winter Trees and Tissue Paper Skies
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You can make this winter tree drawing with the help of bleeding tissue paper. Just apply water to small squares and they leave behind amazing swirly winter skies. This worked for a series of art trading cards today, but I can’t wait to try it on a larger format. You would think that a bunch of tissue squares would leave … Read More

Snowy Winter Landscape
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Snowy Winter Landscape Instructions

Snowy Winter Landscape
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  Students finished their snowy landscapes with the perfect tool. Sharpie paint markers allowed all the art to easily get a delicate sprinkling of snow. This art is getting used for annual holiday art fundraiser with Original Works. The goal was to create a colorful, seasonal picture for students of all abilities. This is no small feat to take on … Read More

Snowy Winter Silhouette Painting
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You can make the most of some easy painting ideas if you start with a limited palette (like cool colors) and then allow time for layers to dry. This pretty silhouette comes from first painting the background, then a black silhouette in the foreground. Easy, yet very striking. MATERIALS • Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″ • Tempera paint: blue, violet, … Read More

Snowy Winter Tree Painting
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I’ve found this tree painting easy enough for even very young students, like first and second grade. Studying their basic structure will help them draw more realistically. I’ve posted my favorite method of drawing “Y Trees” before but this time it’s with a winter theme. • Draw a “Y” Tree Post MATERIALS • Multimedia paper • Oil Pastel, black • … Read More

Torn Winter Tree Landscape
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This winter tree art landscape makes use of a simple idea, namely that torn paper looks a lot like the bark edges of a tree, but needs to be done neatly for maximum impact. I first did this with a mixed class that included first graders, and while they painted and tore the paper just fine, it was hard for … Read More

Torn Winter Trees with Shadows
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Torn Winter Trees with Shadows Instructions

Pastel Winter Tree
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Pastel Winter Tree Instructions

Geometric Winter Trees
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Geometric Winter Trees Instructions

Winter Town
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Draw a Winter Town Instructions

Winter Birch Trees
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This birch tree art project for kids uses tape to block off the tree shapes, and watercolor paint and salt to make the textured midnight sky. MATERIALS • Watercolor paper • Masking tape • Scissors • Watercolor paint, blue • Table salt • Acrylic paint DIRECTIONS 1. Tape a border around the edge of a square of watercolor paper with … Read More

Scratch Art Mitten
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Mittens and scratch art make for some really creative winter art activities. You can practice making different textures by just scratching way. MATERIALS Multimedia paper Ruler Oil pastels, I recommend Portfolio brand Wood stylus (Optional) PDF mitten template, for kinder and first graders DIRECTIONS Use the ruler to draw a frame all around the edge of the paper. You can … Read More

Cardinal Painting
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When it comes to winter painting ideas for kids, this cardinal has been a favorite for years. The red and blue colors always make such a pretty image. • View and download Cardinal PDF tutorial MATERIALS • Multimedia or watercolor paper • Sharpie, black, fine tip • Crayons • Liquid watercolor DIRECTIONS 1. Draw a cardinal and tree branch in … Read More

Sharpie Trees with Snow Shadows
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Winter art projects for elementary students work best, I believe, when the subject and supplies are kept simple, simple, simple. The shadows cast by the moon are easy to see on the winter snow and offer a beginning lesson in perspective. For more drawing tutorials, see my “How to Draw” ebook in my PDF Shop. MATERIALS • View and download Winter … Read More

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