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Snowmen at Night Art Project

Inspired by the book Snowmen at Night, first graders created a tissue paper background and added a mixed-media snowman. A great winter art and craft project for kids.Couldn’t resist creating an art project based on the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Beuhner. I read the story to my first grade students and then we got busy creating a dark night sky with either tissue paper skyscrapers or houses in the background.

Mod-Podge kept everything in place and added a nice little sheen. The next time we met, the first graders drew a snowman on their white paper snowbank and filled the snowman’s belly with white paint. Painted paper hats, scarves and mitts kept the snowman toasty warm.

Inspired by the book Snowmen at Night, first graders created a tissue paper background and added a mixed-media snowman. A great winter art and craft project for kids.

Inspired by the book Snowmen at Night, first graders created a tissue paper background and added a mixed-media snowman. A great winter art and craft project for kids.

I learned a few tips from one of my other snowman projects, Tissue Paper Snowman. The layer of Mod-Podge (watered down slightly) prevents the tissue paper from bleeding through to the snowman.

I know in Tissue Paper Snowman, I used liquid starch to apply the tissue paper. Mod-Podge works better for this project. As an added precaution, or if you want to use liquid starch to apply the tissue paper, color in the snowman with a white oil pastel before painting. Again, this eliminates any tissue bleeding.

First Grade Snowman

Inspired by the book Snowmen at Night, first graders created a tissue paper background and added a mixed-media snowman. A great winter art and craft project for kids.Aren’t these adorable? I’ll be doing this one again.

 

    13 Comments

  1. Oooooooo, I just love the pix and the book is just right too! Thanks Patty!

    Kellie D

    December 13, 2011

  2. I’m doing this lesson currently. My kinders LOVE it! 🙂

    Brittany-Lynn

    December 13, 2011

  3. I’m curious. How long are your class sessions? I have 40 minute once a week class sessions so for me, with reading the book, discussion of the illustrations, demonstration, gathering materials, etc. It works out to be about a 3 day project. How long did this take you to finish?

    J. Cooper

    December 14, 2011

    • I have 45 minutes with my first grade students. On the first day we read the book, applied tissue paper onto blue paper (some were pre-cut into rectangles, but most were manageable sizes), added the moon and blanket of snow. Brushed on Mod-podge with bog brushes.
      Second class we drew the snowman, colored him in and painted. Added snowflakes and colored paper for details.
      All but a few finished the project. I keep ’em moving! About 25 kids per class.

      Patty

      December 14, 2011

      • I have used Caralyn Beuhner’s book Snowmen at Night with my kinders in art class. We have two copies of the book in our school library and I use one in the art room and I pass the second book to the kinder classroom teachers and they are glad to read the book aloud to their class before their students come to art class. That helps to save art time. I send the teachers an email that I would like them to read the book ahead of time so they are able to work it in their lessons plans. I also tell them that if you don’t have time to read the book, that is OK, I will summarize the story when the students come to art. I put a sticky note on the back of the book with the teachers name and the date that I would like them to read the book by. I have not tried the tissue paper houses in the background. I love that idea and plan to try it in January. I am planning on just using school glue on the tissue paper because that is what we have. I’ll try it first to see if the tissue will bleed through into the paint. Thanks for the idea!

        Jan

        December 27, 2011

  4. i did this in class with my grade 1/2’s a few weeks ago, only we used plasticine instead of paint. Great idea!

    jess9450

    March 14, 2012

  5. We did this project with 2 home school art classes ages 5-6 and 7-9. We only have 40 minutes per class. We ended up needing 3 classes to complete the picture. T
    hey turned out wonderfully! The kids were so proud and the parents pleased with the results. Thank you so much for making such great activities accessible to even “non-artistic” teachers. I recommend Deep Space Sparkle to everyone that loves kids and art.

    Sandy

    March 24, 2012

  6. Last year I painted snowmen with my 2nd graders. I used a 50/50 mix of shaving cream and white glue, and the added some white iredescent glitter. The pain/glue dries puffy and it turned out so good!

    Tami

    October 4, 2012

  7. I love this project but had a strange thing happen to me last week; I work in two schools–one with an older heating system with typical “blowers” under the windows to heat the room–the other with a more updated even heating system that is always warm or a good temp…the more updated room had MAJOR problems with liquid starch application–it was drying before adhering to the paper and all the tissue paper fell off. Really quite funny upon looking back on it, although my poor little first graders in that one class will have to repeat this step…(after this disaster class occurred, I switched over to Mod Podge!)

    Just an FYI for those with very dry/warm classrooms!!

    Izzy Speronza

    January 12, 2014

    • Yikes…that’s a hard situation to deal with! I’m with you, as much as I like liquid starch, it has properties that make it hard to control at times. Thanks for the feedback!

      Patty Palmer

      January 13, 2014

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