Thursday, January 24, 2013

Snowman at Night

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!

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