“Snowmen at Night” Chalk Art! {Art Lesson Tutorial}

 A few weeks ago Jen over at Runde’s Room posted about a super cute art project called ‘Catching Snowflake’s that she had done with her 5th/6th graders, via an idea posted at Artisen de Arts.  I had never been to this art blog and now I am hooked!  She has so many awesome ideas that are perfect for 5th graders to take art a little further than just cutting and pasting.
One idea that I loved was working on blending, highlights and shadows by creating snowmen out of chalk.  And perfect for this time of year because we haven’t been without snow on the ground in over a month now. We also read the fun picture book “Snowmen at Night” which has beautiful pictures that were inspiration for our art!  I truly believe that even at the ripe old age of 10, 5th graders can still truly enjoy a picture book- mine did!
They turned out SO cute! Here is what the final products looked like:
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Tutorial for Chalk “Snowmen at Night”

  • 1.   *Gather your materials. You’ll need dark blue construction paper, and a chalk set for each student- the essential colors are white, dark blue, and purple.  The other colors come snowmen-at-night-materialsin handy when students are decorating their snowmen with hats and buttons towards the end of the project
  • 2.   *Use a pencil to sketch three circles for the snowman and a line for the horizon.
  • 3.   *Use the white chalk to fill in the snowman and the ground.  Don’t worry if it looks kind of ‘scribbly’- once you blend, it will all smooth out and look like freshly fallen snow!
  • 4.   *Use one finger to blend! Move finger in a circular motion over chalk.
  • 5.  * Use the blue and/or purple and/or black chalk to create a shadow.  A little goes a long way!  I instructed students to put the darkest color on the edge of the snowman’s body and then use less as they move towards the center in a C-Shape.
  • 6.   *Use a different finger to blend the shadow with the white.  At this point some students thought they had too much shadow or too much white- Luckily the chalk is pretty forgiving so I just told the students to add more white, or add more blue, and blend, blend, blend!
  • 7.   *We added the snowman’s shadow next.  Draw three much smaller circles at a diagonal under the snowman’s body.  For the shadow, completely color it in with shadow colors and then blend.  It looks best if colors are darkest closest to the bottom of the snowman’s body.
  • 8.   *When all of that is done, it’s time to ‘freestyle’!  Let the students use the other colors to decorate and dress their snowman however they wish!
{I couldn’t find my pictures for these steps, but if I find them I’ll add them later, sorry!}


  1. The art looks fantastic. Thanks for including your steps. I like how you add their names on the bottom corner. I have to go check out that art blog.

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  2. Gotta love those snowmen – I used 11×17 paper and posted their letters to Jack Frost next to their art! Your class’ did an AMAZING JOB on these!! Just stopping by as I’m a frequent AZ follower and always inspired by your cute creations! I would be honored if you would assist me in my upcoming giveaway. I’m planning to celebrate my birthday month and gaining 200 blog followers! If you’re able to contribute, please shoot me an email at rivas423@gmail.com with a snapshot of your product and/or your blog button so I can send them over to visit your page as well! Anything end-of-the-year, May-themed, or just stinkin’ cute would be great!
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  3. Wow! I can’t believe 5th graders made these!!! Impressive. I’ll be checking out artisan des arts after seeing your classes’ newfound talents. Thanks for the inspiration!


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