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We in California sympathize with your students' ignorance of snow...but
when I do a "snow" lesson, it's fun to get them to close their eyes and
imagine what it would look like if everything was covered in snow. I talk
about, how all the horizontal surfaces ( window sills, TOPS of bare
branches, etc., are covered. You can even sift powdered sugar or flour over
a toy town to illustrate. My painting project was a simple line drawing in
one color, either crayon or oil pastel, of a city or country scene. Then I
gave them a tiny bit of white tempera and taught them about dry brush
painting and had them just brush the ground and top surfaces with paint.
Little dots for snow flakes. Oh yes, I think it looked best on grey or
blue-grey construction paper. It helps to show some other good picture book
examples of how snow is painted.
Kids in sunny climes love to imagine their town covered in snow! You should
see the palm trees...
Jai in Berkeley