Well, we had a chance of snow in Georgia, but it did not snow. ¬†ūüėĘ ¬†With a sad class, I decided that we would make our own snow and snowmen in Art! ¬†The first graders were pretty darn excited.
The kids painted snow on light blue construction paper.
The kids painted a snowman shape on the paper.
The following week, the kids used oil pastels to put hats and other decorations on their snowmen.
The way I look at it, the first graders got 2 days of snow.  Sure, it was in art, but they still had lots of fun making their snowmen.

If you lived in Georgia, you would understand the excitement when the weatherman says it is going to snow. ¬†The word “snow” almost closes down schools. ¬†The kids are excited. ¬†The parents are excited and run to the grocery store. ¬†I am not lying, folks. ¬†Do not make fun of us. ¬†We do not get snow but maybe every 5 years. ¬†When we do get snow, it is only about 2 inches, if we are lucky. ¬†It is okay, though. ¬†I like my state. ¬†I can be in the mountains in 3 hours or at the beach in 3 hours. ¬†It’s a cool place to live. (Not cool enough for snow, apparently.ūüėā)
I am ending with The Rolling Stones, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.
Second Grade always does the Mr. Popper’s Penguins’ Program. ¬†So, we always paint penguins to go with their decor. ¬†Check out some of our previous posts¬†HERE.¬† I included a picture of the penguin with a couple of markers so you could get an idea of the size of these guys.
I showed some kids different pictures of penguins.
They drew a shape.
They used a paper plate to trace the white belly spots.
They drew the eyes, nose, and feet.
When they got their drawings just right, they painted.
Nice job, second grade!
A post about penguins in the hazy shade of winter. 
Charley Harper (August 4, 1922-June 10, 2007) was a Cincinnati-based American Modernist artist. He was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations.
For lots of information about Charley Harper, click HERE.

I introduced Charley Harper to the third graders using the link above.
The kids drew cardinals and cut them out.
Then, they decided what their cardinal would be doing.
Once they decided on the placement of the cardinal, they glued the cardinal down.
Colored pencils were used to fill in the background.

I really like how the project turned out.
Oh yeah, we painted the background paper gray for display purposes.
Drum Roll, PLEASE.
Here is the blog’s namesake.
The red cardinal is sitting on the unicorn and taking a ride.
You saw it here first.
The cardinal on the unicorn is beyond awesome.
Here is “The Unicorn Song” by The Irish Rovers.
Oh boy!

Here are some “free” birds placed in the winter scene.¬† Why do I say free?¬† They were free because they were just painted paper in a pile.¬† I do like the pretty winter pieces of art.¬† The fifth grade did a great job.

1-The kids painted the background with white and blue acrylic.
2-The kids drew trees with sharpies and used sides of credit cards to make shadows.
3-The kids cut out the trees and glued them on the winter scene.
4-The kids drew birds on the painted paper and cut them out.  Then, they cut and glued  more paper and placed on the birds to make wings and eyes.  Some preferred to keep it simple with sharpie.  Of course, I encourage the cut paper because of the pretty colors.
Ooo Lala!

Even heard people yell Freebird at a concert?¬† If you do not know, “Freebird”¬†was a song sang by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s.

When I was a teenager, we would get out Bic Lighters and yell, “Freebird,” to get bands to do an encore.¬† Of course, I googled and found a few other interesting Freebird scenarios.
From¬†the Student Union Blog by Jessica Stahl,¬† I¬†read that¬†the band Lynyrd Skynyrd would yell out and ask the audience what they wanted to hear and the fans would yell back, “Freebird.”¬† Also, the same article had this to say about yelling Freebird.

Kevin Matthews is a Chicago radio personality who has exhorted his fans ‚ÄĒ the KevHeads ‚ÄĒ to yell ‚ÄúFreebird‚ÄĚ for years, and claims to have originated the tradition in the late 1980s, when he says he hit upon it as a way to torment Florence Henderson of ‚ÄúBrady Bunch‚ÄĚ fame, who was giving a concert. He figured somebody should yell something at her ‚Äúto break up the monotony.‚ÄĚ The longtime Skynyrd fan settled on ‚ÄúFreebird,‚ÄĚ saying the epic song ‚Äújust popped into my head.‚ÄĚ

Anyways, here is Free bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

I just love these second grade owls.¬† Some of them made me “hoot and holler” out loud.¬† The project took 2 class periods.¬†
The kids painted the background paper.
I cut out a stencil in the shape of an owl.
The kids sponged the owl stencil that I had cut out.
Then, they used spouncers to make snowflakes.
After the owl had dried, they put details on the owl with oil pastels.

“Who, Who,” said the owl.

Here’s The Who singing “Who Are You?”
I am not sure why this art activity happened with the 8th grade.¬† It was one of the last days with the students before Christmas.¬† The students wanted to dot paper.¬† They do love spouncers.¬† I love them, but I do not love washing them.¬† They¬†“spouced” the dots on the paper and then, they thought these trees looked fun to do.¬† I gave them some paint and a credit card and they made trees.¬† The students cut the trees out and glued them on the dotted paper.
And…Here is the art.
The Pop Art Project with winter trees was just a relaxing project for the kids before exams.  All they needed was time to talk and do art without thinking too much. 
Need to relax?
Listen to Dave.  He is always good for providing a calming effect.
I told my students, “Students, this is not a Christmas snowman.”¬† You see, I figured the teachers wanted some cool winter project for their room in January.¬† Get it, Cool?¬† Anyway, I had the¬†third graders ¬†do these in one class period 3 days before Christmas break.¬† Folks, this is an easy and low maintenance project.
Kids drew with a pencil where they wanted their snowman.
Kids sponge painted the snowman.
Kids took a break and played checkers and drew on the marker board.
Kids came back and finished up their snowman with some color.
Love it!

The snowman below just cracks me up.¬† This kid is new this year. I just love him and his happy spirit.¬† Just look how free and fun this art is!¬† I taught with his grandmother, Beck-Beck for years.¬† His aunt, Brandi Reddick, is quite famous in the art world.¬† Have a look at her info Click Here!¬† Brandi would be impressed with this fun snowman!¬† We named it “Snowman in A Blizzard”.¬† Abstract, fun, and flowing!

Oh yeah, Baby, It’s Cold Outside.¬† Here’s Michael Buble and Miss Piggy!
In the art lesson below, the night got dark really fast! ¬†Oops, we added a little too much black! ¬†Oh well, sometimes I let kids goof. ¬†I have found that the kids seem to learn better when they see what their mistakes can cause. ¬†Don’t we all?


I gave the kids blue, white, and black paint.
I told them that I wanted white to gradually turn to light blue, medium blue, dark blue, and then eventually to black.
Once they got the layers of tints/shades of blue, they painted a winter scene.
Then, they splattered some white to represent the snow. 
Some of the paintings look like a snowstorm rather than a serene winter night.
Oh well.  Things sometimes turnout a little different than you plan.  Art teachers are very aware of the many surprises in store when doing art with kids.
Everybody lives and learns.

Perfect song for this post…The Bangles singing “Hazy Shades of Winter” with scenes from the movie, Less Than Zero with Robert Downey, Jr. and Andrew McCarthy (1987).