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Winter Art Lessons & Projects

By The Arty Teacher - December 6, 2020

I love it when students don’t realise they’re learning.  When they walk through the door in the few weeks before the winter break and say ‘Are we doing something fun’ or ‘Can we do something festive’, I want to be able to say yes, safe in the knowledge that what I have planned still teaches my students valuable skills.  All the winter art lessons below do just that.  Just click an image to find out more about that resource.

First up is this festive tree bauble art resource.  This can teach students how warm and cool colours can be used to create contrast and how shading can be used to create depth.  The end result can be really striking.

christmas art project

There is something magical about this paper sculpture project. Play the video to learn more.  You can find the resource here.

Most students love the opportunity to paint.  The Christmas activity below teaches your students the valuable skill of how to layer watercolour.   The good example included in this download is so useful as the top part has one layer of watercolour and the bottom section two layers.  It shows your students exactly what you want them to do. Brilliant!

If you want your students to get stuck into some quality drawing, these holly grid drawings are just the ticket.  Ask your students to work in colour or if printing costs are an issue, simply print them in black and white.

The festive tags art resource below is a winner.  You could get students to simply colour these in, but I’ve used them successfully when I’ve asked students to watercolour them.  You’ll need some really fine paintbrushes as they are detailed.  In the last 15mins of the lesson I got out some glitter glue and my students loved adding little sparkling highlights.  Ding dong merrily on high!

Christmas Painting Activity

The ink snowflake activity below is a great resource to teach your students the beautiful effects you can get when you let ink or watercolour bleed into a wet surface.  I know it says ‘Christmas’ but the resource that you give to students doesn’t mention the word ‘Christmas’ so it is inclusive. Click the image to find out more.

Christmas Art Projects

There are so many things you could do with the winter snowflakes below.  Colour them, paint them, collage them.  You’re only limited by your imagination!

Christmas Art Projects

The big Christmas wordsearch below is useful to have up your sleeve in those end of term art lessons when the kids are getting a bit giddy and you want them to focus and settle down.  It’s only £1 or $1 and might just save your bacon.Christmas Art Projects

Whilst your students are working it’s nice to play some festive music.  There is a good play list on Youtube here.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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2 responses to “Winter Art Lessons & Projects”

  1. Debbie Kowalchuk says:

    I love the comment for Hybrid to teach like ever student is at home. Very helpful right now. Thank you!

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