Art Activity: Snow Landscape

Create a snowy landscape with items found around you!

Activity best for children age 2 and up

Landscape artists portray scenes in nature, such as forests, lakes, oceans, skies, and often weather. Snowy weather has inspired artists for centuries – Russian, Japanese, and French artists are just a few examples. Ivan Shishkin (1832-1898) painted Russian nature scenes in such great detail that they almost look like photographs. Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) created a series of famous woodblocks of Mount Fuji in all seasons. And Claude Monet (1840-1926) practiced impressionism, or a way of painting one’s feelings about nature rather than a realistic depiction. This activity invites you to find things in nature that inspire a winter landscape. You can make your picture impressionistic, realistic, or abstract!

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Materials You’ll Need:

Things from nature that inspire you

Guiding Questions:

What is landscape art?

How can different artists depict landscapes?



Gather materials that inspire your nature landscape. Sticks, rocks, leaves, pinecones, and other items can represent anything you’d like.


Make a frame out of items you found in nature.

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Place your items in your picture frame to create a landscape.

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Reading Connections:

Anywhere Artist by Nikki Slade Robinson

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