Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snowman Directed Drawing and Watercolor - Art Class

Today's art class started out with a forecast for snow - well, snowmen! We did a directed drawing with the children. Basically, one mom read directions and the other mom modeled the steps, pausing so the kids could each draw according to the directions as well.

The original drawing is in pencil. Sharpie traced over the pencil lines was the next step. Once everyone finished that step the sharpies were removed from the table.

Watercolor pans were brought out. This was the first time we've used pan watercolors in art class and it was a lot of fun!

Kids were instructed to paint the background for their snowman first. Then they painted the details. It was interesting to see the colors chosen. Many picked orange as the background color but there was also blue, yellow, and purple.

After our watercolor snowmen were finished we took a snack break, just one of the perks of homeschooling. During snack I read Over and Under the Snow (aff link) to the kids because we were beginning a second project today based on that book.

I'm not really going to share many details about that art project because we won't finish these up until our next class.

Today we painted background papers and did some large sheets of painted paper that will be cut into trees and other landscape features next week. The kids went home with the assignment to draw and color the animals they want to add over and under the snow. The only rule is they cannot use paper any larger than a 3x5 index card, so they can use several.

What art is happening at your house this week?


  1. Our just turned 12 yr old daughter loves art and I've come to the end of my ability to teach her anything more. I had a very gifted friend come to our place & do some lessons with her which was great, but she is a law student and had to stop teaching when her studies built up, unfortunately.

    1. Carol, have you looked online? There are many art class options. One that can be inexpensive is to choose a Craftsy course. They are video based and you go at your own speed through them, have access by email to the instructor, and are on so many topics/skills. They range in price but if you sign up for their emails and check their Facebook page they have sales regularly where you can get a class for $20. Right now classes are Buy One Get One Free.


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