For this project, Grade 6 students choose from a variety of birds that I have printed out. I choose birds from our province (Alberta) but you could also choose to do birds of a different country.
They choose a colour of 9 x 12" construction paper and sketch out the basic shape of the bird.
I do a demonstration on how to do this. I encourage them to draw big and fill the page- this is a huge challenge for this age group I find.
Once I approve their drawing they start with oil pastels. I've always used Pentel brand.
They start using the lightest colours and always black last to prevent any unnecessary
muddying or smears of black.
This project took about 3- 40 minute periods or so to complete.
Some of the finished Grade 6 works: