Friday, November 16, 2018

Snowy Church or Village

So I found a picture on Pinterest of kids painting these snowy village paintings but no directions so I broke it down for you.  Many thanks to the original art teacher for such a great idea :)

I especially like how it is just on a piece of blue construction paper.

I also did a snowy church scene.


- blue construction paper
- white pencil crayon
- white liquid tempera or acrylic paint
- gold and/or silver liquid tempera or acrylic paint for embellishment
- paper for template
- dark blue oil pastel
- white chalk


Cut some houses and a church out of paper.  You can use a ruler to measure.  With younger students you might want to make a few of these up ahead of time.  Use manila tag or pasteboard so they will last thru multiple uses.

Tape these down just briefly for the next few steps.

Using white paint, thin with a little water if needed, splatter on stars.

A splatter box works really well.

Paint a full moon, you can just use your finger, that's the easiest.

With the white pencil crayon trace around the houses.

Leave them stuck down for the next step.

Paint the ground.  Just a few strokes you don't want to totally paint this in.

I added a little light blue paint as well.

Let paint dry for a few minutes.

Remove the paper houses.

Add some smoke by drawing little circles in chalk and then smudging it a bit.  Don't worry about chimneys we will add them later.

Add a little chalk around the moon and smudge for a glow.

Using a dark blue oil pastel add some tree branches.

Draw in windows and doors with your pencil crayons.

Using white paint paint snow on the roofs.  You can add some to the top of the windows and doors.

Paint in a few snowy fir trees.

Start at the top.

Add a few paint strokes, don't worry about the blue paper showing thru those are the shadows.

Work your way down.

Keep going until it looks something like this.

Finally add a little gold and/or silver paint for Christmas lights and tree decorations.

The hardest part will be holding back.....just a little bling is the most effective.

That's it.

See you soon.



  1. Здорово! Спасибо за классную идею!

  2. Thank you! I did this project with my kids tonight and we all enjoyed the time together. Will be making more of your ideas through the holiday season.

  3. Beautiful! Tips on drawing the oil pastel trees?

  4. My sixth graders are attempting this right now. Thank you for the inspiration

  5. This is a great idea. My students like to go heavy on the paint so I will try to hold them back for this one especially since it is construction paper. I love the monochromatic look of this project. Thanks for figuring out the directions.

  6. How did you get the ground icy -glossy looking?

    1. Add a bit of water to your white paint. I have mine on a plate so I just dip my brush into some water and mix it up with some of the white paint. This dilutes it giving it that glossy almost foggy/ghostly look on the construction paper. If you want more of a shine/icy look add a touch of a metallic paint like silver or gold.

  7. Beautiful! Tips on drawing the oil pastel trees?

    1. I find when drawing branches you can get too curvy, so after drawing the trunk draw straight line about 1-2 inches then turn the pastel slightly in different direction draw another straight line and so on. A curved branch here or there is fine but branches are a lot straighter than we give them credit. Hope that helps. :)

  8. Thanks for the tips.

  9. Lovely snow scene with great tips.
    Thank you. Deirdre