In an effort to help my little ones understand how important details are to artworks, we looked at artworks that had wintry scenes in them such as Peter Brugel's "The Hunters in the Snow". We had a discussion about all the picture clues-- that tell us as the viewer--what the subject of the painting is. The girls pointed out the bare trees, the heavy coats, the ice skating, snow on rooftops, the fire, etc.
I gave the students light grey construction paper and construction paper crayons. They were told to draw a wintry scene that had many clues about the subject.