Monday, March 6, 2017

Birds of Georgia in watercolor

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!

Animal stencils with collective nouns

Fourth grade students explored positive and negative shapes, silhouettes, and stencil making with this lesson. We also found the proper collective noun name for groups of animals. I think these are just super cool and graphic! We used a thick cardstock for the stencil and looked up animal silhouette shapes on our iPads for research - a silhouette has to be recognizable by the shape only with no inner details. Drawing and cutting a silhouette stencil was slightly trickier than we thought at the onset, but we persevered with great results.