A Flock of Cardinals

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I’ve done this cardinal lesson for several years and I usually do a directed drawing. This year I wanted to see if the students could draw the birds on their own because we had already made the owls by directed drawing. We looked closely at the cardinal and broke it down into shapes before we started drawing (just like with the owls except we did it while we drew the owls). I put several photos of cardinals in the snow up on the activboard and let them draw on their own. Some of them were questionable but I didn’t make them change it. I have them red, brown, and white paint and instructed them to paint their birds red, branches brown, and add snow with the white. This week we used crayons to add the yellow/orange for the beak and black for the masks.
It never fails to amaze me when I see their work, how different they all are and their different levels of ability.
Here are the results of one class:

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