Lately I've been teaching a residency at Dos Rios Two Rivers Elementary in Springfield. We've been making some art for the kids to keep, and some to sell at the upcoming art walk (they're having a section for local schools to sell kid art to fundraise). This is our last project, and I must say, they are turning out super cute! I made these with Kinder through 5th graders, and adjusted for complexity, depending on grade level. Read on to see how we made them!
Step #1: Lead a step-by-step drawing of a bird. Start with pencil, trace with thick sharpie. We actually had both the thick and thin sharpies available, so for the older kids, I had them outline in thick, and trace all the inside lines with the thinest sharpie. This looks really cool....see below.
I had the littler kids draw birds like the above, and the older kids draw the more complicated tropical birds like you see below. With a couple of the classes, we opted for drawing chameleons instead of birds, which the kids really got into. Need to take some pictures of those....
Step #2: Next, have the kids color these in with soft chalk pastels. I told them no black brown, or the super dark blue (these covered up the sharpie lines, whereas the brighter, lighter colors don't). Show them how they can blend them, and how the sharpie lines show up again when they do.
..... No need to stay in the lines since they will be cutting them out anyways.
DAY 2: We did this next step the next day. We needed 2, 45 minute sessions to get through the whole project. The next step is to make some leaves and branches, cut out the birds, and paste it all together!!