To get this party started, I showed the following video to the first graders.
Kids drew birds with me giving basic instructions..
Kids added details.
Kids outlined with a sharpie.
Kids painted with tempera paint.
We glued the feathers the color of the bird to the paper. Kids loved using feathers and thought it was fun to have a feather falling off the bird. Not every feather was the exact color, but is every feather on a bird the same color?
There are 12 birds here. I do not particularly like even numbers. I prefer odd numbers, like 3. Ever heard Bob Marley sing “Three Little Birds?” This video has over 18 million views. Crazy, huh?
Here are some “free” birds placed in the winter scene. Why do I say free? They were free because they were just painted paper in a pile. I do like the pretty winter pieces of art. The fifth grade did a great job.
1-The kids painted the background with white and blue acrylic.
2-The kids drew trees with sharpies and used sides of credit cards to make shadows.
3-The kids cut out the trees and glued them on the winter scene.
4-The kids drew birds on the painted paper and cut them out. Then, they cut and glued more paper and placed on the birds to make wings and eyes. Some preferred to keep it simple with sharpie. Of course, I encourage the cut paper because of the pretty colors.
Even heard people yell Freebird at a concert? If you do not know, “Freebird” was a song sang by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s.
When I was a teenager, we would get out Bic Lighters and yell, “Freebird,” to get bands to do an encore. Of course, I googled and found a few other interesting Freebird scenarios.
From the Student Union Blog by Jessica Stahl, I read that the band Lynyrd Skynyrd would yell out and ask the audience what they wanted to hear and the fans would yell back, “Freebird.” Also, the same article had this to say about yelling Freebird.
Kevin Matthews is a Chicago radio personality who has exhorted his fans — the KevHeads — to yell “Freebird” for years, and claims to have originated the tradition in the late 1980s, when he says he hit upon it as a way to torment Florence Henderson of “Brady Bunch” fame, who was giving a concert. He figured somebody should yell something at her “to break up the monotony.” The longtime Skynyrd fan settled on “Freebird,” saying the epic song “just popped into my head.”
Have you ever heard of The Imagination Box? If not, look up Diane Pagan on social media. She has some really cool ideas to share on her PLN.
Teachers Pay Teachers
I ran across this worksheet below and decided to do a mini lesson with my middle schoolers to see just what they would produce. The Toucans were a hoot! Loved them. Each one was very unique and had an individual personality. They used:
Drawing Paper 9×12
Sax Water Color – Liquid
Hope you too are Soaring into 2017 with our CrEaTiViTy!
Happy Christmas Break! Yes, we all made it! This lesson was done when we were down to one day lessons before exams. Kids used markers, sharpies, watercolor, oil pastels, white paper. Kids just got real creative and gave each bird a personality that represented their feelings of that particular day on that art class. I think they are a hoot!
Art Club this past week created these funky birds. Everytime I looked at them all I could hear in my head was The Trashmen – Surfin Bird – Bird is the Word 1963. Once you take a listen to it you will understand why…tee hee We used nasal aspirators for the base before for our paper mache.
We applied paster wrap for our paper mache.
Each bird has lots of character. Each one is created with a different vibe!
Happy Friday! Get Creative over you weekend…1969
The Trashmen – Surfin Bird – Bird is the Word 1963 (RE-MASTERED) (ALT End Video) (OFFICIAL VIDEO)