Saturday, January 26, 2013

Winter Cardinals Art Project

A few weeks ago I saw some beautiful cardinals that our art teacher was helping a class of older students create.  I'll admit...I was a little jealous.  I wanted my kinders to create those gorgeous birdies too!  I decided to go for it and gave a little impromptu drawing lesson that afternoon.  Let's just say our first attempt was a disaster.  Our red cardinals looked a little more like a blood bath of red paint scattered everywhere.  Eekk!  We fed those beauties to the recycle bin and started again...
This time we took the easy route and used handprints for our birds.  Much better!

We began by "dotting" our snow using white paint and q-tips.  Then we free-styled our brown trees and tree limbs.  Once our background was dry, we added the red handprint birds.  Final touches to the bird included black and orange construction paper triangles for the face and eyes drawn in with a white crayon.

We tied our art lesson into literature with the help of this book by Keith Baker:
We used the last few lines of his book for our writing component.
I think they turned out just darling!  I'll definitely add this to my winter activities must-do list.  :)


  1. I have to say, those are the cutest little things ever!
    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  2. Those came out ah-mazing! How cute :)


  3. Love the book connection. The art looks great.

  4. I absolutely love this project. I have to get my hands on a copy of the book, so that I can try it out.

  5. Oh I just LOVE THIS! I actually just read this book the other day! I love how you included the writing element!


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