On Tuesday we read one of my most favorite poems “How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird” by Jacques Prévert. We did a little art project after reading the book.
We chose a beautiful book with illustrations by Mordicai Gerstein (published in 2007 by Roaring Brook Press) to read the poem in English first:
After we read it in English, we went to look at a couple of videos that let us listen to the poem in French :
We looked at some Audubon’s birds in an art album we have at home.
Next kids painted their own birds. This project was done in two parts:
We did “paper marbling”, that would become our birds. It’s very simple to make marbled paper. All is needed is some shaving cream and liquid watercolors or food coloring. Put shaving cream in a container, add a few drops of preferred colors and swirl around with a stick. Next heap shaving cream on the paper and after a few minutes remove shaving cream using a piece of plastic or cardboard (for example a credit card).
We set our marble paper aside to dry and kids started Part Two of the project. Both were given two large sheets of paper and some crayons and watercolors. They were asked to draw a pretty tree, green leaves, flowers and insects for a bird to enjoy.
Next step: We cut bird shapes out of marbled paper, I helped C., D. gave his bird a long tail. We glued birds on their branches, then kids added origami paper triangles for beaks and drew eyes. The result: colorful paintings that bring that summer feeling into our home.
This was definitely fun and easy project.