Monday, January 10, 2011

Snowman Collage Art Project

Snowman Collage Art Project

This is such a fun art project to do with your children. I love snowman, and I also love the bright colors the tissue paper adds to this project. I was able to do this project with both my preschool class as well as my daughter's Kindergarten class. I help out as one of the Art Docents for her Kindergarten class.

I adapted the idea for this art project from the wonderful website Deep Space Sparkle. Patty, from Deep Space Sparkle, is an Elementary School Art Teacher who posts many wonderful projects she does with her students. It is an excellent Art Resource that should be bookmarked.

In this post I am going to take you step by step through the process of making this fun art project. I hope enjoy it!

Materials NeededYou will need:
  • a large piece of white paper

  • colored tissue paper

  • a sponge brush or paint brush

  • snowman pattern (available to download below)

  • construction paper: a small piece of black paper for the hat, brown paper for the arms, orange paper for the carrot, and a colored paper of your choice for the scarf (or whatever color you would like to use, patterned paper would be cute as well)

  • Modge Podge (Modge Podge works best but you can use Elmers Glue if you don't have Modge Podge on hand)

  • a container to hold your modge podge mixture

  • scissors

  • water

  • Elmers Glue
  • beads, buttons, jewels or sequences to embellish the snowman
  • markers, colored pencils, crayons, or a pen to draw the snowman's eyes and mouth.For the Snowman Pattern CLICK HERE.This is what the finished snowman looks like: Cut apart the different colored tissue into squares.
    In a container (I used a paper bowl, easy clean-up) mix your Modge Podge (or glue) and water together. I used about 1/3 Modge Podge 2/3 water for my mixture. You don't want your mixture to be too runny, but at the same time you really don't need that much Modge Podge.
Take the tissue paper squares and Modge Podge them all over your white piece of paper. I explained to my students how to overlap the squares, and how it is o.k. for the tissue squares to hang over the edges. Also, if the edges of the tissues are sticking up, paint over them with your glue mixture. When your project is completed and dry, you will go around the edges and trim the excess tissue paper. This is a picture of my cute preschoolers busy at work. Boy, did they have fun gluing on the tissue squares! That was their favorite part.
This is what your project should look like once you have covered the background.
Next, glue on the pieces of the snowman that you have cut out. As an alternative, you could have your children paint the snowman on instead (this is how they did it on Deep Space Sparkle). I chose to do the snowman out of paper, because I knew I didn't have two class periods to complete this project (the background should be completely dry before you paint your snowman on if you decide do that alternative).
I love the finished project. This is my daughter Little Red's finished project. She is one of my cute preschool students. If you notice her snowman should actually be called a snowwomen, she always adds eyelashes to everything to make things "fancy and beautiful" as she would say. Love her!
Here are the finished projects from one of my preschool classes. Don't you love all of that color?
Here is my older daughter Little Blonde's finished snowman. If you notice, she chose to turn her paper horizontally instead of vertically, which is perfectly fine. Love her too! One little tip, I had Little Blonde's Kindergarten Class use markers to draw on their snowman eyes and mouth, and I should have had them wait until their paper was a little bit more dry. Most of their cute faces smeared because their paper wasn't dry enough.

Look how cute all of the Kindergartner's Projects turned out. They sure brightened up the hallway.


4 comments :

Deborah (Teach Preschool) said...

Hi Shauna,
I almost missed this on FB. It is beautiful! Thank you for sharing:)

Shauna said...

Thank you so much Deborah! I really appreciate your kind comment. Thank you for all that you do to help the community of Early Childhood Educators. I love all of your ideas you share with us. Take care!

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said...

These are so beautiful Shauna! I am pinning this on Pinterest and I can't wait to give it a try with my kids. Since it's supposed to snow tonight, this will be a perfect activity!

Mariela Parma said...

Precioso!!!! saludoss