Salty Snow Silhouette

Salty Snow Silhouette lesson plan

Design a stark winter landscape with long shadows. Show silhouettes of trees, snowboarders, sleighs, or other winter scenes. Add a sprinkle of salt and you're set!

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    Find examples of snow scenes and silhouettes that have a great impact. Search fine art examples (Monet's <i>Haystacks in the Snow</i>), as well as children's literature (<i>The Snowy Day</i>), advertising, packaging, and other uses. How are snow effects achieved by artists?

  • 2.

    Experiment with ways to achieve snowy silhouettes, such as the technique outlined here. Cover your work area with newspaper. To create the sky for your snowstorm wet watercolor paper with a sponge.

  • 3.

    Fill a Crayola® Watercolor Brush with one color of Crayola Watercolor Paint. Brush the wet color over the wet paper. Rinse your brush and add a second color, blending the colors together on the paper. Cover the entire page to resemble sky colors during a snowstorm.

  • 4.

    While the paint is still wet, sprinkle kosher salt on the painting. Watch the salt absorb the watercolors to make a crystal or snowy pattern. Dry.

  • 5.

    On dark construction paper, sketch silhouettes of winter images with a white Crayola Colored Pencil. You might make skiers or snowboarders, trees, sleighs, skylines, or other wintry scenes. Use Crayola Scissors to cut out silhouettes. Attach them to your


  • Students research outstanding artwork, from fine art to advertising, that is created with snow scenes silhouettes.
  • Students experiment with how to depict various weather conditions, such as snow, when creating a painting.
  • Students paint a snow scene with watercolors and then add silhouettes to enhance the landscape.


  • Try various Crayola products to create winter scenes. For example, build a landscape using white Model Magic, spatter white tempera paint, or draw with white colored pencils or glitter glue to resemble a snowy setting. There are so many possibilities!
  • Carefully trace the silhouettes of your classmates on dark construction paper, cut them out, and glue them onto light construction paper. Experiment with how shadows are made.
  • Create an all black and white scene of penguins in a snowstorm. Find out where penguins live, study their markings, and design an authentic scene.