I purchased Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner recently from amazon (totally judging by its cover) and found Christopher Silas Neil’s illustrations to be charming and unique. Don’t you love it when you get inspired! So, I challenged my students to select two animals from the story, one from over and one from under the snow, and then write poems for each. We then proceeded to get completely lost in the art. Students began by sketching their animal with pencil on cardstock and then went over their lines with black sharpie. Next, they used their Prang watercolor sets to fill them in.
Each student then painted a wash of color over a rectangle of cardstock that would later become the trees. The next day, we created the backgrounds by painting a few lines of snow, a wink of a sky, and some kind of burrow for the under animal. All that was left to do was assemble! In three days time, we were left with a beautiful tribute to this lovely book. I encourage you to read it.