I love birds! Very much, which is why I was so happy about finding this blog post on pinterest one day!
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.
After the slideshow, students rummaged through the cardboard pieces and layered them together to create a simplified bird image. Once they came up with a design they were pleased with, they used Elmer's glue-all to attach the pieces.
The next class, after the glue had dried, students began by painting the head one color, the wings one color, the beak one color, the tail one color, etc. The body was painted in thick stripes of color.
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!