Tag Archives: cardinal

There’s no place like home…

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Just a few pics of the NOrth Carolina projects we are working on! Love them all!

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Winter Cardinals

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First graders have been working on a painting of our state bird, the cardinal. We discussed how all the states in America have different objects and symbols that represent them. Then we talked about the cardinal and we also talked about how male birds look different from females.
We started our paintings by sketching in pencil, talking about each part of our bird. Then we traced in sharpie. The next class we painted everything but the snow. We will do that last and I’m going to try to make some sparkly white paint so it looks like fresh sparkly snow. I’ll post more pics when they are complete!

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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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Winter birds

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First grade did these beautiful cardinals before the winter break and I took pictures of them and then went into my Christmas food coma. I am ready to share them now, even though it’s 70° outside in January!!! I feel like I live in Florida except I’m still like 12 hours from Disney World. Back to the art: My lovely first graders are such good artists and they are so eager to please and follow directions so well, their art can’t end up any way but great. We drew these together using sharpies (no pencils or erasers here!) and then took our time to color nice and bright. 🙂