beautiful blackbird art project for kids black history month art project

Beautiful Blackbird Art Project



This lesson is a wonderful addition to you Black History Month collection of lessons. Children learn about the world of artist Ashley Bryan and his book Beautiful Blackbird, while creating a composition emphasizing cutting, pasting, repetition, balance and contrast. It’s a good exercise in fostering fine motor skills as the students cut out the template and plan for how to arrange all of their pieces to have a balanced work of art.

Here are a few of my other favorite picture books to read to your students for Black History Month.

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  • 12″ x 18″ white sulphite paper
  • 9″ x 12″ black sulphite paper
  • Thin strips of colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Bird & sun template/guide
  • 9″ x 12″ yellow sulphite paper (for optional background)


After reading and discussing Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan with your students, start by having the kids grab their sun templates (or paper plate) to make their sun.

Trace a semi-circle with yellow paper and cut with scissors.

Cut about 5 strips of long rectangles to make sun beams.

Glue the sun and rectangles with a glue stick to the bottom of your paper.

beautiful blackbird art project for kids black history month art project

If your strips are too long and hanging over the edge, flip paper over and trip the excess strips.


Photocopy the beautiful blackbird template onto cardstock, cut out and use as a tracer for younger students. Or, use the template or illustrations in the book to free draw the blackbird onto black paper with a light colored crayon or oil pastel.

beautiful blackbird art project for kids black history month art project

Cut out the bird and place on top of the sun. Glue it down when you are happy with the placement.

Tip: don’t add glue all the way to the edge of the paper bird. You’ll want to slip the colored pieces of paper under the edge of the bird.


Select the variety of colorful paper strips for the finishing touch. Glue it all together when you are happy with the placement and colors of your strips.

beautiful blackbird art project for kids black history month art project

Lastly, just like the sun, if you strips are too long then flip over your paper and trim any excess strips.

Have you tried this lesson? I’d love to hear how the instructions worked for you or if you tried a new technique, comment below!

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  • Rania M Awad

    the yellow button doesnt work??

  • Farah kashif

    Love your art work this is farah I m working as an art teacher

  • Dora F. D. Palma

    Beautifull and Very créative.

    • Antonella Ancona

      Wonderful ideas for age Levels

  • Marcie

    My first grade loved this lesson! We found a video on YouTube of the book with a great narrator.

  • Sujata Sachdeva

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  • Antonella Ancona

    Wonderful ideas

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  • Rebba Pitsenbarger

    We are using items on hand. Instead of colored paper we are going to use colored craft sticks, half of a paper plate painted yellow for the sun, black sparkle foam for the bird and elmer’s glue. The size of it is undetermined until it is complete.

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