I have been using painted paper for a while, it just really adds spectacular color to students work. This project was a combination of tempera painted birds shapes with painted paper details such as feathers, claws, beaks. etc.
I had my 3rd graders use a template to get started, (this class has some severe special needs and I put out a template to get them started as well as feel successful with the bird shape.)
My key objective of this project was *create patterns (not the shape of the bird) * folk art usually has fun personalized patterns.
The students loaded up their paintbrushes and started painting feverishly the first class. I love the thick, broad paint strokes!