Adorable Close-up Snowman Painting

How to draw and paint a three-quarter view snowman

It’s hard to resist adding a snowman project into an art curriculum. They’re easy to draw and oh, so cute. I did this lesson with my first graders but it would also be a perfect lesson for second or third. The whole point of this lesson is to have the children think about what a snowman would look like close-up and on an angle. Most want to draw the three circles and get on with it so I try to keep their interest by showing them a different way to draw a snowman.

How to draw a 3/4 view snowman

With the paper positioned tall rather than wide, use a black oil pastel (or black crayon) to draw a sideways letter “U” about one hand’s width down one the left side of a blue piece of paper. Draw a hat on top of this curved line so that the kids can see that this sideways “U” is really a head. I demonstrate a few different types of hats, so try a few out.

To make the body, position the oil pastel along the bottom part of the head and draw another curved line that reaches all the way down to the bottom of the paper. Now we have a snowman and we didn’t draw one circle.

Add two dots for eyes, a big carrot nose that extends beyond the line for the face and a big smile.

To make the scarf, draw another curved line that matches the head shape. Add a scarf tail.

Painting the Snowman

Use white tempera paint to paint the snowman. The white is quite thick in the bottle and normally I would add water to thin out the paint to a good brushing consistency, but not here. You want the white paint to be thick enough to cover the blue paper. Once the snowman is painted white, bring out the colored tempera paint and paint the carrot nose, hat and scarf. Wait until the white paint dries before adding the eyes and mouth back in with the oil pastel.


The best way to make perfect snowflakes is to use a Q-tip. Dip in paint and dot all over the paper (including the hat, scarf, etc.)

The children loved this project and were quite impressed with their new found knowledge on perspective.



How to draw and paint a three-quarter view snowman

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  1. sara's art house says:

    WOW- I am so glad I found your blog- I love this stuff!!!! I am going to do those snowmen with my kids tomorrow. keep up the great work!!!!

  2. Patty P says:

    Love your blog, too, Sara! Your colors inspire me…
    Thanks for visiting.

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  4. Great lesson, I found it to be very successful, and the kids absolutely loved it. I don’t know how you come up with so many well-designed lessons, but they have been so useful for me and really inspired me this year. I posted results of this project on my website. Thank you so much!

  5. I LOVE these! I’m doing this with my kids tomorrow. Thanks! You’re blog is the best. I tell everyone about it.


  6. Jennifer says:

    I did this with my first grader yesterday. It is adorable! Thank you for the idea!

  7. Cara says:

    Brand new to this site and lovin’ it! I teach a combined 5/6 class where there is no art teacher. I am always looking for ways to include more art so this site is great. I was wondering what you would recommend for my kids for some winter/holiday art. I really like this idea because of the off set and making the kids think outside 3 perfect circles. my kids pretty much love any art project because they have never had any art lessons. I’m really trying so any advice would be great!!! Thanks!

    • Patty says:

      Hi Cara and welcome to the site! Honestly, any of my winter/seasonal lesson plans would be great for your class. Most people find they can adapt any project to an age group. In your case, it’s a bit easier using a “younger” lesson plan for the older kids. I’ve found it’s harder to work down. Meaning that a lesson I teach to my fifth grade students would not work as well for 1st grade. I tend not to do any religious-based art lessons or crafts, but there are a ton of sites that do. Just look in the Link page under “Inspirations”.
      Have fun!

  8. ashley says:

    I did the close up snowman with my special needs students…and they came out wonderful!!I only had 40 minutes so I had the students color the details with crayon first,then use just white paint.Thank you for so many good ideas and bautiful photos of the work!

  9. karen Brown says:

    I love the closeup snowmen. What kind of paper did you use to have the chlidren
    paint on? It looks a little different then construction paper which I don’t think would take the paint as
    nicely as what you used. Thank you Karen

  10. jackie says:

    My third graders made these today. They turned out so well. I love this site.

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  13. Daisymay says:

    Looks like a great idea for a lesson!

  14. melissa says:

    Just about to embark on this project. Could read the book The Snowman…

  15. Tammy Crews says:

    I just wanted to say that I used this lesson with my 3rd grade class. We did the entire project in 90 minutes and I am the envy of the school. I have shared your site with my collegues and all are anxious to do these lessons. We don’t have an art teacher at our school so all art is left to the classroom teacher. I feel like I have found a gold mine. Thanks so much for sharing your hard work.

  16. Jennifer says:

    Thanks!! Tried this today in first grade and they loved it!! So easy, yet so different than what I’ve done before!!

  17. fiinafrica says:

    I did these with my Y1 and Y2 children (5 to 7 year olds). They loved doing them, were able to be completely independent and were hugely proud of their achievements. We used the techniques they learnt for other Christmas art projects the next week. Thank you!

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  19. Laurie says:

    I LOVE this website. Shared this idea with the blogging world. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas.

  20. Theresa Schroeder says:

    I love the snowmen. I am a first grade teacher and love art as well. We will make these soon.

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    Our hallways were looking pretty bare after all of the holiday decorations came down…so I had to think…

  22. Leah Gillis says:

    I did your close up snowman art lesson with my primary/one class last week. The lesson is very easy to follow for little ones. The results were fantastic. Many of them are hanging the school office for visitors to see. I plan on doing most of your snowman related ideas this month. I consider myself lucky to have found such a great art website

  23. Amanda says:

    Thanks for sharing! I painted our spin on this project and posted about it here with a link back to this post and your blog. I found you on pinterest and ha’ve been reading more on your blog and am looking forward to trying painting castles sometime soon =)

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  26. Thanks for your great ideas. These are awesome! My Kindergartens will love painting these.

  27. stacey says:

    What a great art project. I am not an art teacher, but a first year 1st grade teacher. I did this fun project just to give my 1st graders a fun project and to take a break from our normal routine. We also wanted to bring a little winter scene to our classroom before we had a Christmas party. They were a big hit. We even got comments from the 2nd graders saying “That looks like 2nd grade work. Many of the teachers also loved our work. I am really enjoying this website. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  28. Meghan says:

    I did these with a large group of K and K/1 students today and they turned out great! Thanks so much for your wonderful lessons!

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  32. Diana Linassi says:

    Hi Patty. Your lovely sis-in-law Jackie sent me a link to your website when I started teaching elementary school. You have been an inspiration for many of my favorite projects including this one. Thanks!

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