Next, I went over the lines of the drawing with a silver marker. Crayola Gell Markers work for this as well, but I prefer the look of the metallic markers.
I filled in the snowflake with a green metallic marker and outlined the snowflake with a purple metallic marker.
White Tempera Paint
For these snowflakes, you can work on colored construction paper or painted paper. I painted 90# drawing paper with liquid watercolors. Pan watercolors would work, too, and students could paint stripes of different colors as an option.
The Geometry of Snowflakes
I added a new page to the Snowflake Drawing Lesson. These little start shapes (30 of them) can be cut apart and given to students to use like mini protracters. They can mark 6 little dots, then connect the lines of the dots to make the arms of a snowflake. I got tired of just guessing and found this to be a great time saver. Especially if you don’t want to teach them how to use a protractor.
After making the arms of the snowflake, use the Snowflake Drawing Lesson to pick out shapes to repeat around the edges. There is even a Roll & Draw page to make this even more fun for students.
I painted with white tempera paint using a combination of a brush and a Q-tip. The brush (pointed) works best for getting the points of a triangle. The Q-tip works best for round shapes.
For the final step I outlined with a colored marker. This doesn’t have to be a permanent marker since no other wet media will be added. Students could select a contrasting color or a color that matches the background.
Water and Washable Markers
This snowflake was made with washable markers on 90# drawing paper. Water was added to make the colors bleed together.
First, draw the snowflake design in pencil. The page you see with the shape ideas is part of the Snowflake Drawing Lesson.
I went over the snowflake design 3 times with washable colored markers (Crayola).
Then use plain water to wet the area with plain water. Make sure to get the marker wet too, not just the white of the paper.
Use this infographic to display in your room or share with parents, administrators, or other teachers as a way to point out some of the academic benefits of learning to draw. While they are not the only reason for using drawing as part of a balanced curriculum, they are certainly worthy of celebrating and may help you advocate for including drawing as part of your art or classroom learning experiences.
I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.
I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art.