Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bird Crazy

Ryan, 2nd grade

Pastel Lovebirds

Textured Peacocks with Sponge Painted Background

More painterly peacocks
(1st and 2nd graders)

I find myself drawn to bird projects quite a bit. Owls, lovebirds, hummingbirds, peacocks, and roosters are subjects I've used in the past few months. I have pinned so many birds on Pinterest, I created a board dedicated just to them. The children seem to enjoy them as well, so I guess it's a win, win.


  1. The Peacocks are beautiful, Mary! Check out my latest post with 3rd grade peacocks!:)Pat

  2. I love the negative space hearts!! I have never noticed that. You inspired me to start thinking about other things that might create negative space hearts...thus, I owe my post today to you!! Thanks.

  3. What techniques did you use to make the gorgeous peacocks?

  4. Thanks Pat and Christie! (Beautiful peacocks by your students Pat!) I did this project back in October if you'd like to see some more examples. The base was painted with acrylics in blues, greens and white with a sponge rather than a brush. Some children swirl the paint around and others like the first shown and my 4th graders blot on the paint for a textured effect. From there the children painted the body, beak and eyes of feathers with more acrylics. The following week oil pastels were used to add more details. Hope this helped.

  5. Ah very cool! I love the lovebirds <3

    I do a lesson with 4th grade where I give them a list of birds (some with really funny names) and they have to interpret the name into their artwork. I'm always amazed at the creativity they exhibit in their bird's habitats!

  6. Love, er, the Lovebirds! Perfect subject matter for Valentines Day. I also love bird projects!

  7. Love the peacocks!!!! I thought perhaps part of the lesson was Kandinsky circles. Hmmm. . . which gives me an idea!

  8. These peacocks are fabulous! Great work by all your artists. I love your work too.


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