Birds are such a beautiful subject for art with their vibrant colors and interesting settings - many artists like J.J. Audubon and Charley Harper studied and painted birds for years. Third graders looked at a variety of native birds to our state and experimented with thumbnail sketches before starting a larger final copy on watercolor paper.
We used water soluble pastels for the bird and foreground, trying to capture texture and detail. We used an atmospheric perspective technique for the background to create some spatial distance called wet-on-wet. These are beauties every year!