As much as we keep hoping, the snow just doesn’t want to stick around this winter. We’ve had a few dustings but not enough to make snowmen or forts or sculptures. It’s a little ironic that tomorrow is Groundhog Day. I’m actually hoping he sees his shadow…maybe we’ll get a little bit of winter! In the meantime, we’ve been trying to make our classroom feel just a little more “wintry.” We read Snowballs by Lois Ehlert and painted our own snow people over a collage of torn tissue paper. The idea for these charming little snowmen came from Deep Space Sparkle. If you’re a teacher looking for art ideas, you must visit. It’s full of wonderful art lessons for K-6. You will find instructions for these snowman collages along with so many other awesome lessons.
You could pre-cut pieces of tissue paper, but I love the look of the torn pieces. I was going to pre-tear the paper, but decided to let the children tear the paper themselves. I remember trying some torn paper collages (à la Leo Lionni) with older students and never forgot how difficult it was for them to get over the “imperfect” look of the torn paper. They wanted to use scissors to get that perfect cut. One of the things I love about Kindergartens is their creativity and willingness to try anything. Their creative techniques often include things I would never think of and their results are often quite delightful.I find different colours of tempera paint give different results with regards to texture and coverage. I tried the liquid tempera and the tempera pucks. I like the transparency of the white paint and the collage. Unfortunately, the white paint was a little too transparent, so I decided to use the tempera pucks. The paint dries faster and the children were able to add a second coat to their snowman. I can’t wait to display these little masterpieces!