The best way to learn how to paint a snowy winter landscape is to keep the colors very simple. Violet, blue and black can look amazing all on their own.
This art was used for our school’s annual holiday art fundraiser with Original Works. The goal was to create a colorful, seasonal picture for students of all religions and abilities. This is no small feat to take on every year, but this project worked well for me.
I fortunately had some paint markers left over from another project, and I knew the students would really get into making lots of tiny dots with them. I loved that I didn’t have to deal with paints and brushes, AND the spots dried within minutes too. But if paint markers are not in your budget, I totally understand, and splattering white tempera would be a fine alternative.
- Multimedia paper
- Black and purple oil pastels*
- Liquid watercolor paint: turquoise and violet*
- Sharpie paint marker, white, water-based (optional)*
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- Students draw a simple horizon line with one or more hills.
- Empty trees are added, ONLY in stick form. No leaves for the winter.
- The trees are traced with a black oil pastel, pressing hard to make thick lines.
- Students paint a circle for the moon, add a band of color around it, and then fill in the rest. I gave them the option of using the colors however they wanted.
- The next class students used the paint markers to add lots of delicate spots of snow. A substitute would be splattering some white snow using tempera paint.
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