FoLk ArT BiRdS

 folk art birds

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!


After the paintings were dry, students add shapes with painted paper to complete the bird. Claws, feathers, beaks, eyes, etc. brought out the personality of the bird.
Once the details were complete the students added oil pastels on top of painted patterns 


Rainbow Bird
Polk-a-dotted bird
 Once they were all done, we added them to a fun background made from art display paper and displayed them for our art show.
Keep on Creating!

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  • Reply
    Anderson Leitão
    March 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    So lovely! Shining colors and great patterns! Congratulations from Brazil!

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    Mr. E
    March 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Love 'em!!! 🙂 Fun spring activity. I think they might be fun as chickens!!!

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    Patty Palmer
    March 25, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Another super art project from my favorite site! You rock Laura!

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    Denise Pannell (mrspicasso)
    March 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Beautiful, Laura!!

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    Mrs. C
    March 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    So beautiful! I love how painted paper looks also! It adds such colorful beauty to the kids art work! These birds are fantastic! 🙂

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    March 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Thanks Guys!

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    Jen Drawthelineat
    March 26, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Wow, these are so great! I love the bright colors. I might do this as an end of the year project. AWESOME.

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    March 26, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Wonderful! Love these Laura!

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