It is my belief that children learn much more about the world around them by careful observation and the subsequent creation of nature-based art.
This is a 3-D mixed media collage that required the study of certain wintering birds, planning an art composition, drawing, and practicing fine muscle skills to complete the project.
We observed several photos of blue jays and cardinals, which are similar in shape and size, brightly colored, and frequently found in snowy environments.
We drew them, colored them with oil pastels, cut them out, and added a few feathers.
Then we created pine tree branches using brown and green construction paper, and added snow with styluses and white tempera paint.
After it dried, we perched our birds in the trees using glue dots to create a 3-D look.