Saturday 29 December 2012

Snowflake Resists

Here is a winter art project I did with my grade one class last year before I started this blog.  I printed out large snowflake templates on my computer and allowed them to trace them by taping a blank paper to one of the templates.  Kids who had difficulty seeing the template through the paper were allowed to place their papers on the window.  The light passing through the window made the black lines show through more easily. Some children chose to remain at their desks and could see the outlines just fine. They used white oil pastel to try to replicate the snowflake onto their blank papers.  Encourage your students to press hard with the oil pastels.

When the large snowflake was complete they made other freehand drawings of smaller snowflakes around the large one.

Then the students used watercolors in cool colours to paint right over their oil pastel drawings and tracing. While the paint was still wet they sprinkled salt over the paint to create a frosty effect.

This creative student had the patience to outline the entire template instead of colouring it in!



  1. These are beautiful!!! I can't wait to try these in January with my firsties!! Thanks for your inspiring post!!

  2. I am going to try these this week! Thank-you so much for sharing!

  3. Your art blog is beautiful! Keep it up, very inspirational :)

  4. Have you found a particular kind of salt works best for this?

    1. I've only ever used plain old table salt. Fresh salt from an unopened container, that has not been exposed to moisture or humidity, is suppose to be best.

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