The Christmas Lyrics “baby it’s cold outside” keep going through my head as I prepare this post.  Maybe that’s because we had our first real snow of the season last night and I spent the morning drinking coffee and watching the snow dissipate.

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Perfect timing for our Perspective Snowmen lesson in the Wednesday Elementary Art Class.   We drew Funny Snowmen as part of the exercise.

What we learned

One-Point Perspective and Vanishing Points:

  • A drawing uses a one-point perspective when it contains one vanishing point which is on the horizon line – at the artist eye level.
  • Vanishing point: the point at which something that has been growing smaller disappears altogether.

Our Artwork

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Success is in the Details

  1.  Create the HORIZON LINE by folding the paper in half horizontally.
  2.  Draw a line from the horizon line to the top right corner of the paper. Do the same below the horizon line
  3. Fold the right hand side of the paper over the drawing and draw a very light vertical line with the pencil through the middle of each snowman.
  4.  Starting on the right with the vertical lines as your center point, draw a large snowman placing the base as close to the bottom line as possible, adding the top of the snowman so it reaches the top angle line, and filing in the middle section last.
  5. Continue to make each snowman skinnier as you go.
  6.  The closer the object is to the viewer, the bigger the object will be in the drawing. Draw a large snowman in the foreground at the very bottom of the paper that reaches up to and over the horizon line.
  7.  Draw a snowy path below the lower angle line.
  8.  Trace the snowmen with medium black markers.
  9. Trace over the horizon line and draw mountains and a moon in the background. Erase other guidelines.
  10.  Finally add some personality and color to your snowmen.

The kids loved this project!  Maybe all of these snowmen convinced weather nature that our kids needs an actual snow day!  Enjoy your day off.

Jamie

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