Have you ever read the book, Snowman at Night, by Carolyn Buehner? It's a delightful, imaginative, beautifully illustrated story. Fifth graders read the story as inspiration to create a snow person of their own. (They heard my pet peeve too: why not a snow woman? Or a snow girl? )
We learned how to create the illusion of form on a flat surface by using light and shadow. Who knew that we could draw blue or purple snow and have the picture look realistic ? We looked at the direction of cast shadows and observed their shapes. Children seemed to really enjoy the process of blending pastels.
As you can see, the results are pure magic!