Magazine article Arts & Activities

Valuable Snowmen. (Cover Story)

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Valuable Snowmen. (Cover Story)

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Winters in Wisconsin last for several months. We see a lot of white snow blanketing the ground, trees and frozen lakes. Many days go by where the sun doesn't come out and we are faced with gray, gloomy skies. Winter days can be inspiring, but oftentimes they can tend to cause the "ho-hums."

Looking for a way to brighten up a winter painting project for my third-graders, I decided to combine a lesson in color and value with a familiar and favorite winter subject: snowmen.

We had been discussing the elements of art and creating several projects relating to them. For this particular lesson, we discussed the definition of value and how we can create different values by mixing tints and shades of colors. The children were each given a piece of 12" x 18" blue construction paper for the background. They were also given paper plates with white paint on them. They used the white paint first to paint a snow bank on the bottom of their papers.

Next, they chose one color and mixed it into the white paint on the plate, creating a tint of that color. They were to mix a light tint for their first snowman. For the second snowman, they produced a medium tint by adding a little more color to the first tint. Finally, a little more color was added to mix a darker tint for the third snowman. The paintings were set aside to dry for the next class.

The following class, we reviewed the definitions of value, tint and shade, and were ready to complete our unfinished, undecorated snowmen. Paper plates were passed out for mixing the paint. We mixed different shades of color, applying the same color that was used for the snowmen, plus black paint. …

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