Friday Art Feature - Pastel Snowflakes

07 December 2012
Oh my goodness - it's been a while.  Is it just me, or is everybody feeling a bit overwhelmed right now?  (Not that I'm wishing 'overwhelmed' on any of you ... just hoping I'm not the only one).  I've got some fun things to share, so I'm hoping to get in a few more blog posts before Christmas vacation.

Today I want to share our art from this week.  I saw this idea posted on facebook and thought it would be a fun quick project to take on.

I pulled up some pictures of snowflakes on google images.  After we studied the snowflakes, the students had to draw them using white oil pastels.  When they were done they painted over the paper using a watered-down paint mixture.  Note:  the paint didn't resist as much as I had hoped over the oil pastels - I think I should have added more water to the paint.  Some of the students went back over their snowflakes with the pastels to really make them stand out.

In keeping with our "poetry tied to art theme" this year, I had the students write a haiku on their art.  Beautiful, easy, and quite timely considering the snowfall we have had lately.  

Happy Friday!!!



  1. These are really beautiful ! You must be in Northern Ontario.....still very green here in the Golden Horseshoe.

  2. Love it if course! Quick and easy, great for the before break crunch!

  3. These are absolutely beautiful, and I love how you added in a haiku with these. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Thank you again for sharing! I needed a quick little seasonal project - I only have a 40 minute art class once in a five-day cycle, so I was worried that I would not be able to squeeze in a winter/holiday project. And no, you are not the only on feeling times the word is an understatement. :-)

  5. ugh, you are not alone. I am totally and completely overwhelmed right now.

    I love this project, it is beautiful! Thank you Jen! :)

  6. Lovely! I'm featuring this post on Bagels and Blogs tomorrow. :)

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  7. I love this project! Very pretty!!

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  8. Love these ... we're doing snowflake science. Snowflake Bentley is a wonderful picture book about the first person to take microscope-photographs of snowflakes. He started as a 10 year old boy at the turn of the century. There are some beautiful short videos about him on the Jericho County Historical Society site . We're getting our first snow today in Wisconsin. Thanks for your continued inspiration.

  9. I came here from Bagels and Blogs. What a great project, and simple to do! Thanks for sharing! (I agree with Kari above, Snowflake Bentley is a great book about the science of snowflakes, and would be great match for this project!)

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  10. Replies
    1. WOW eager to do this!! Will read "snowflake Bently" (think that's the title)

  11. What type of paint? Acrylic or oil or another kind?