I decided to do the project with my energetic 2nd graders and just as I imagined, they loved it!
Before the students arrived for class, I cut up a bunch of different sized and shaped pieces of cardboard. There were pieces as big as 18 inches and some as small as 4 inches. I cut out a bunch of organic shapes and a few circles/ovals for eyes.
To begin the project, I showed students a slideshow of some local Asheville folk artists who paint birds and we talked about how the artists simplify the birds into shapes.
To finish this project, students used other colors to paint patterns over the bird.
This project was short and sweet, it only took three classes. The students had a blast and the birds turned out SO cool!