Artists often find inspiration in the natural world around us, and one of nature's most beautiful creatures is the bird, in all colors, shapes, and sizes. First graders looked at a variety of birds like toucans, roosters, and parrots - we compared and contrasted their features, and we made some sketches of birds from our memories. Sketches are an important planning step for artists! We selected our favorite sketch for the final piece and planned the shapes and textures we would use for our collage. Collage requires different skills and craftsmanship than drawing or painting, since its focus is on the cutting and gluing of shapes. After the assembly of shapes, we used real textures for the background rubbing and the feathers, and visual textures for the leaves.
At the end of the lesson, we shared compliments with our classmates during the Art Walk.