Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring Bird Collages

 age 5

 age 7

 age 5

 age 5

 Sometimes the evolution of an art lesson is a bit like the game of telephone. It starts out as one thing, and ends up something completely different. These sweet Chickadee illustrations from artist, Carolyn Gavin caught my eye.  I decided to create a lesson loosely based around them for my Draw, Paint, Collage group. I ordered some color diffusing paper and have been itching to put it to use. I wanted my young students (ages 5-7) to have a lot of elements to play with: pattern drawn birds with marker, cut and painted branches and leaves and pencil eraser prints for berries. It had a little bit of everything and they all seemed to enjoy creating their spring bird pieces (even though they bare no resemblance to their original source of inspiration).

sketching ideas

playing with media

my experiment


  1. I love the contrast between the mediums.

  2. LOve this! I'm going to use this as one of my last projects this year. Since we're learning about Claude Monet and watching the "Linnea in Monet's Garden," I'm going to call it the bird in the braches above the Japanese bridge. We are also able to use the last bit of our liquid watercolors (fabulous!) to sponge paint the backgrounds; day 2, the branches & bird. Thanks!

    1. Love the idea of incorporating this with Monet's Bridge. Sounds wonderful! Thanks!


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