I borrowed this lesson from here. When I saw it I knew I had to try it out! Originally this was a lesson done with 2nd graders, but with my 8 day rotation this would have taken 2nd graders quite a long time to finish up so I tried it out with my 4th graders. They took us three classes to finish.
Day 1: We discussed tints, shades, and value. Students painted their background choosing between blue or purple.
Day 2: Students painted the snowy ground and snowman using white, blue, and silver paints.
Day 3: Using colored pencils students added all details to their snowmen.
Here are some of the results. I love the simple elegance of every single one.
Basketball playing snowmen. Love it!
I had to share this one. The middle snowman is holding a taco and wearing a sombrero. Don't you just love the way kids minds work?
Note the cougar/cheetah.