Winter Nature Collage: What does winter mean to you?

The lesson below was inspired by an art activity in the book, Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages.

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Winter & The Solstice: Art Activity, Lesson time: up to 2 hours, but can be broken up over 2-3 days

What does winter mean to you? This year, winter began on December 21 or 22 (depending on your location), which was the winter solstice. In this activity, children will create a mixed media collage using found nature items and simple art materials to showcase what is special about winter.

  1. Begin by asking the children what winter (the season) means to them? Have them share words that make them think about the season of winter. Brainstorm and share a list of ideas. Try to stay focused on the natural occurrences of the season. Some examples could include: snow, ice, evergreens, pine cones, less daylight, red berries, birds, dead plants, etc.
  2. Keeping the list that the children brainstormed in mind, take them on a nature walk to collect small samples of items that represent the season of winter. Note that since they will be making a collage with these items, snow and ice will be hard to collect, but they can illustrate those on their collage with the various art materials provided, such as paint, tissue paper, felt, etc.
  3. Bring the collected materials back and create away! Have the children share a sentence or two about their creation, and have them (or help them) write it on the bottom of the collage.

This is the final post for the December theme of Winter and the Solstice. Check out the links below to see the other posts from the month

Literacy: Nature Book List: Winter and the Solstice.

Social Studies: Celebrating the Winter Solstice: through history and in your backyard

Integrated Social Studies and Science: Winter Weather Lore Activity

Integrated Science and Math: Tracking Daylight Around the Winter Solstice




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