Chalk Stencil Wacky Birds

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Wacky Bird Chalk Stencil Art Lesson

Using a chalk stencil for the body of the wacky birds gave the birds a soft texture and made way for many fun details.
 
I love using the wacky birds as a drawing lesson with students. They are so fun to draw, and students can relax a little knowing that things don’t have to be perfect. In addition, wacky birds are the ideal lesson to encourage reluctant drawers since they should look a bit wacky and not perfect! 

This lesson fits my criteria for an optimal lesson with:

  • A relatable topic.
  • A solid drawing strategy.
  • Choices so that students can express themselves.
  • A style that doesn’t have to be perfect to look good.

Drawing Wacky Birds

a student using a drawing page to draw a wacky bird in the student's sketchbook
 

First, have students draw wacky birds in their sketchbooks. 

Give them plenty of time to try out several birds. 

You can get the drawing sheet on Expressive Monkey’s Website, and the Roll & Draw sheet is in Expressive Monkey’s Roll & Draw Collection

You will find a very simple version of Wacky Birds in Expressive Monkey’s ABC Art Book

Chalk Stencil Bird Bodies

a student coloring red chalk on the edge of a chalk stencil to make the body of a wacky bird

 
 
I had students cut the body shape out of a piece of paper (saving the outside portion) and the eyes out of clear contact paper (any sticky tape or contact paper will work).

They taped the body shape down, then placed the contact paper eyes. I suggested that it might look interesting to have one of the eyes sticking out past the body shape. Some students did this, and some made both eyes stick out past the body shape.

Then they colored the edge of the body shape with chalk pastels and blended the pastel towards the middle with a paper towel.

 
 

Blending Inside the Chalk Stencil

a student blending orange chalk inside a chalk stencil

 
 
I kept damp soapy sponges handy for wiping fingers to prevent too many smudges and fingerprints.

They took the body-shaped paper and contact paper off when they finished.

 
 
 

Chalk Touch Up

a student erasing chalk smears with an eraser

 
 
Students cleaned up smudges with an eraser.

I sprayed the pastel with fixative between art classes.

 
 
 

Wacky Bird Details

a student adding details to his wacky bird
 
Students added a beak with scrap from the scrap box.

They used markers to add the eyes, wings, tails, legs, and toppers.

They also added background details, such as a branch or nest.

 
 

a student adding detail to his wacky bird

 
 
I encouraged students to use their imagination and to keep the background minimal.

Students used colored pencils to add color to the background details.

 
 

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A wacky bird with huge white eyes and long eyelashes. The body of the bird is purple and it has yellow wings spread out with a scalloped pattern inside each wing. The text says, "Technique Demo - Wacky Birds".
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Stacey Peters

Stacey Peters

I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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