I almost forgot to add these fanstastic 3rd grade snowpeople to all the recent snowy posts! The 3rd graders actually created these before the winter break.
In addition to being a cute little poem about the antics of snowmen after dark, the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner contains some beautiful illustrations by the author's husband, Mark Buehner. His work offers the students some great examples of using shadows and highlights to give form to what would otherwise be the traditional "flat" snowman they've drawn, painted, or built as collages before. Students build on what they learned about turning shapes into forms earlier this year with our "Exoplanets" lesson, this time making use of the native color of the light blue construction paper for the "in between" color of their snowmen, and adding dark blue oil pastel for their shadows and white for their highlights. (Compare these highly realistic snowmen with the collages they created as kindergartners and first graders in the posts below to get a sense of how far these Dolphins have come in art!)