These winter process art ideas are sure to inspire your students during the colder months. Process art is all about exploring creative techniques, and these activities sure fit the bill.
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I am a HUGE fan of process art in preschool . . . well, for kids of all ages, really. And adults can’t go wrong with it either!
Art that’s more process-focused lets the kids really show off their creative sides. They can test out new materials or explore well-known materials in new or different ways.
Winter Process Art
Let’s jump into the winter art fun! Below are 20 process-based art ideas for the winter.
A few of them do have a specific end product in mind, but the focus is really on the process. You can always make adjustments to the art projects to make them even more process-focused.
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Grab some snowflake cookie cutters to make a stamped snowman art project.
Pretend your pets are tracking snow with these simple pet art activities.
Use real snow to make snow prints.
Make marble painted snowflakes in a wide variety of colors.
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Snowy tissue paper art is a must-do winter process art activity to try on your next snow day.
Take the art outside and try painting in the snow.
Icicle drip art is a great way to explore gravity and painting on a vertical surface.
Cardboard packing material is the perfect base for a snowflake painting activity.
Whip up a batch of homemade snow paint and let the kids go wild painting as they’d like.
Painting with icicles is a cool mix of winter process art and science.
Create snowflakes with a watercolor and oil resist method.
Create three-dimensional snowy nature sculptures with natural materials and clay.
Mixed-media winter paintings make for gorgeous masterpieces! A must-try winter process art project.
Use multiple art techniques to create a beautiful tree squeegee painting.
Polar bear process art is a great addition to an Arctic theme.
A variety of materials can be used to create a winter snowstorm painting.
Try winter scrape painting to make narwhals . . . or anything the kids want to make.
Craft habitat scenes for animals with a polar-themed art project.
Paint sparkly, frosty pinecones to decorate around the classroom.
Gather different materials to make winter texture collages and explore the childrens’ sense of touch.
Winter Art Materials
You can also just give your students a variety of materials you have on-hand in your classroom and let them create. Consider having the kids help gather art materials that remind them of winter.
Some possibilities include (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- cotton balls
- silver glitter
- tempera paint in “winter” colors (blues, purples, whites)
- aluminum foil
Once you and the children have a few materials, it’s time for the winter process art! You can simply place the art items out and let the children create as they see fit. Or gather the kids together and ask them to brainstorm how they’d use the materials to make art.
You can even research a few new-to-your-students art techniques. Choose one that the kids would be interested in. Then build your process art project around that art technique.
It really doesn’t need to be something that’s overly thought out. As the saying goes,
Life is a journey, not a destination.”Unknown (but often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others)
The whole purpose of process art is to let the kids be creative and have fun on their individual journeys, whatever that may look like.
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