This is a detail of a long collaborative artwork covering one of our walls. Students have been studying the appearances of birds as part of our bird study. After doing scientific drawings, we looked at birds through a more creative lens. The children created these spectacular birds using watercolors and crayons. Each student drew designs and patterns in crayon on a large sheet of paper. Then they painted multicolor watercolor washes over the patterns, creating bold color combinations and designs. When the papers dried, the children cut out bodies, wings, tails, and heads, sometimes using templates, sometimes not. Perched on branches suggesting a forest, the birds have unique personalities. Many are interpretations of real birds we’ve seen outside.
This article from The Washington Post speaks to the skills children acquire from expressing themselves through the arts.