My second and third graders created this beautiful Winter Cardinal art lesson, but it would be appropriate for fourth grade as well. It’s very easy considering how stunning it is. I didn’t create a handout for this lesson because you really don’t need one; just a quick demonstration on the whiteboard is enough to get the kids drawing.
- 12″ x 18″ white paper
- Blue metallic tempera paint (Michael’s craft store will have this paint)
- Black, red, yellow and white tempera paint
- Q-tips for snow
Drawing a Cardinal
This is the picture I sourced from the internet as an example of a cardinal. It’s not necessary to draw the entire body, just the head and neck area. This is one of the few projects I encouraged children to use pencils. To be honest, I think it’s because I ran out of oil pastels!
Start with a dot for the eye near the top and middle of the paper. Then, draw the beak. Once the beak is in place, it’s easy to draw the cardinal’s crown and head. After drawing the bird, draw branches and lines for twigs.
Painting the Background and Bird
Set out the metallic blue paint and paint the background first. This takes the most time; painting carefully around the feathers and twigs.
After painting the blue background, paint the red cardinal, then the yellow beak, brown twigs and then finally, the black mask and outline.
Final step: snowflakes using a q-tip dipped in white paint. I think this is what makes the whole piece stunning!
Note: I believe this idea originated from the fabulous Painted Paper Flicker Stream, although it may have come from a link. I’m terrible at organizing my bookmarks, so I apologize to the creator of this beautiful lesson.
Second and Third Grade Winter Cardinals…
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