Wacky Bird Chalk Stencil Art Lesson
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
First, have students draw wacky birds in their sketchbooks.
Give them plenty of time to try out several birds.
You will find a very simple version of Wacky Birds in Expressive Monkey’s ABC Art Book.
Chalk Stencil Bird Bodies
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
They took the body-shaped paper and contact paper off when they finished.
Chalk Touch Up
I sprayed the pastel with fixative between art classes.
Wacky Bird Details
They used markers to add the eyes, wings, tails, legs, and toppers.
They also added background details, such as a branch or nest.
Students used colored pencils to add color to the background details.
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