National Core Arts Standards
Creating: #1, 2, 3
DREAM SNOW, by Eric Carle, 2000
Dream Snow is a simple and charming story of a farmer who celebrates Christmas and the first magical snowfall with his five farm animals. In this lesson plan, students create a lively and colorful collage-style illustration using any animal they choose from the story.
Creating painted paper:
Preparing the paint colors:
Set up colors of tempera in plastic cup containers with lids for easy storage of leftovers. For a beautiful final artwork result, be an art director and prep by mixing exciting colors; a lime green, turquoise, coral, periwinkle, and raspberry, along with the basics with a little white added for better coverage. Do not set out black, it will be too heavy!
Setting up the stations: Cover tables with newspaper or re-usable canvas drop-cloths. Designate 4 or 5 stations accommodating 6 or so students. Place 4 or 5 containers of paint at each station (good color combos), along with different size brushes in each container. Set out a few texture tools at each station. Texture tools include anything you can think of, like plastic forks, sponges, and store bought children’s tools and rollers for patterned effects.
Painting: Gather students around and demonstrate how to paint the entire paper with one color. Then choose a second color and create lines, dots, swirls, etc. Add a third color with a texturing tool, or drag a comb or fork through the wet paint. Spatter contrasting color by flicking a toothbrush, or drizzle thinned down paint in scribbly style. Experiment and be creative! Tell them that the trick is to keep colors separate and artwork “clean” by keeping brushes in their own color containers. Your students will surprise you with unexpected color combinations and amazing design effects. Let paper dry flat on floor and tables.
Sharing: Cut dried papers in halves or thirds, to create more papers for sorting into basic color categories and easy sharing. A single classroom of students can generate enough paper for projects to last over a year. Never throw away sizable scrapes!
4. Finally, show students how to assemble their ground and animal parts and glue them in place. How they choose to position the pieces can add a lot of fun and character to the art. Add final touches like the moon, stars, snow, and possibly the decorated tree.
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