Salty Snow Silhouette

Activity, Grades 4-12, Art, Science, Winter, Seasonal, Crayola


Design a stark winter landscape with long shadows. Show silhouettes of trees, snowboarders, sleighs, or other winter scenes. Add a sprinkle of salt and you're set!


  • Students research outstanding artwork from fine art to advertising that is created with snow scenes silhouettes.
  • Students experiment with how to depict various weather conditions, such as snow, when creating a painting.
  • Students paint a snow scene with watercolors and then add silhouettes to enhance the landscape.

Supplies Needed

Crayola Colored Pencils
Crayola Watercolor Paint
Crayola Paint Brushes
Watercolor Paper Pads
Crayola Glue Sticks
School Smart Scissors
School Smart Sponges

Things You May Also Need:
Cup or Bottle
Paper Towels
Kosher Salt


CONTENT Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques and processes.
 Grades K-4: Students use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
 Grades K-4: Students will use art materials in a safe and responsible manner.
CONTENT Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter.
 Grades K-4: Students will select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate ideas.



Find examples of snow scenes and silhouettes that have a great impact. Search fine art examples (Monet’s Haystacks in the Snow) as well as children’s literature (The Snowy Day), advertising, packaging, and other uses. How are snow effects achieved by artists?


Experiment with ways to achieve snowy silhouettes, such as the technique outlined here. Cover your work area with newspaper. To create the sky for your snowstorm wet watercolor paper with a sponge.


Fill a Crayola® Watercolor Brush with one color of Crayola Watercolor Paint. Brush the wet color over the wet paper. Rinse your brush and add a second color, blending the colors together on the paper. Cover the entire page to resemble sky colors during a snowstorm.


While the paint is still wet, sprinkle kosher salt on the painting. Watch the salt absorb the watercolors to make a crystal or snowy pattern. Dry.


On dark construction paper, sketch silhouettes of winter images with a white Crayola Colored Pencil. You might make skiers or snowboarders, trees, sleighs, skylines, or other wintry scenes. Use scissors to cut out silhouettes. Attach them to your picture with a glue stick.