Inside: Make winter art pefect for cold dreary days with this snowman art with Pointillism and bring the outside weather in.
When I was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, we didn’t really ever understand winter. We had to drive hours up to a mountain to find a little bit of snow and I didn’t make my first snowman until I was a teenager.
But snow and building snowmen are one of the best parts of winter.
It’s even worth getting on all the snow gear and your kids only lasting 5 minutes outside.
Because watching snow fall is magical.
Building a snowman is harder than it looks, but lasts for weeks.
And our favorite part is naming our snowman.
So after we build our outside snowman, we come inside and build them.
Because bringing winter inside is the perfect boredom buster for those dreary winter days when it’s too cold to even try to build an actual snowman.
And this snowman art Pointillism is a perfect way to do that.
What is Pointillism Art?
When I was in college and took the mandated Art History courses, I discovered and then fell in love with Pointillism.
Maybe it’s because it reminded me of those Hidden Magic Eye Puzzles from the 90s.
My professor showed us a tiny, zoomed-in piece of art and all we saw was dots.
Little tiny dots.
Then he zoomed it out to the gloriousness that is A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
And once I saw the painting hanging in the Art Insitute of Chicago, I was sold.
The tiny dots that magically turn into gorgeous art is mesmerizing.
I ran across the street from the museum and bought my tiny daughter the board book, Sunday With Seurat
And when my kids were older, we graduated to these kid-friendly art history books on Seurat.
This awesome YouTube Video of Art with Mati and Dada and Seurat is a great way to further explain Pointillism to our kids.
If you have younger kids who don’t have the fine motor skills for Q-tips, get them these Dot a Dot Art Markers and they can create their own art.
And since we love winter and snow and I love Pointillism, we connect winter and all things snowmen to pointillism with this snowman craft made entirely out of dots.
Want more books to connect to this project?
Here are our favorite Snowman books:
Supplies Needed to Make Snowman Art with Pointillism
- blue cardstock paper
- red, white, orange, and black acrylic paint (tempra paint is fine for the cardstock paper)
How to Make Snowman Art with Pointillism
If you are using acrylic paint, let your kids know it’s “forever paint” for clothes.
And remind your kids not to smear the paint by using the Q-tip like a paint brush. Instead, show them how they can make tiny dots close together to make it appear like a line was formed.
1. On the blue cardstock, lightly draw three circles for the snowman’s body. Leave room at the top for his hat.
Use the white paint to dot the outline of the snowman’s body.
2. Use black paint to create a top hat for the snowman and two eyes.
3. Use orange paint to create a small triangle to be a carrot nose.
5. Use black paint to create a smile on the snowman.
6. Use black paint to create sticks for his arms.
7. Use red paint to create a scarf for the snowman.
8. Use white paint to give the snowman some snow to stand on so it doesn’t look like he’s floating.
9. Use this Snowman Name Printable to name your snowman.
Bring the snowmen inside or create these snowmen if you live somewhere sunny and warm this winter.