Winter Weather?

Possible Classroom Concepts: Science – Seasons/ Weather (Winter, Snow, Ice)

Language Arts – Writing (Poetry)

Social Studies -Communities, American and European History (The Little Ice Age)

Possible Art Concepts: Art History – Hendrick Avercamp, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Grandma Moses, Agnes Tait

Landscapes, Horizon Line, Bird’s Eye View, People In Action


Hendrick Avercamp’s  “A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle”

It’s been a very strange winter so far. Places that are supposed to be warm are cold and places that are supposed to be cold are warm. Oddly enough, from 1550 to 1850, the Netherlands had some unusually cold winters. They dubbed this time period “The Little Ice Age”.  Hendrick Avercamp’s paintings recorded the work, play and fashion of this frozen time. Read more about Avercamp, his winter landscapes and a poetry lesson here. For more in depth information and lesson ideas for older students check out this post.

As you can see, Avercamp tended to paint from a “bird’s eye” point of view and included many people in each work. Over time, Pieter BrueghelGrandma Moses and Agnes Tait  painted ice skating with these same characteristics. Share all four winter scenes with your students. Explain that these artists depicted life from their own particular time periods. Discuss the clothing and activities the students see. How are they the same or different from ice skating today? Ask students to share personal ice skating or winter experiences. You could also ask students to arrange these landscapes in chronological order.

If you are studying communities and/or seasons (winter), a mural would be a GREAT option! Students could include community buildings and illustrate personal ice skating experiences. You might want to include some of the ideas from this mural by one of my favorite bloggers, Cassie Stephens.

If you’d like for your students to create an individual ice skater project, check out this project. Note, students can always incorporate community buildings in their backgrounds. This blogger’s idea for creating moving people found here  is also very helpful.

I hope you’ve found something you can use.

This is a platform to help teachers. So, if you have some helpful ideas or suggestions, please share with us. Simply click on this post’s title and scroll down to the comment section.

KEEP WARM! And stop by again real soon!


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