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Art at Home 8

Week 8 Theme (11.05.20): Birds

For a help sheet for Parents: Click here.

Day 1: Birds on a Wire

Visit this website to see what we are making today: Click here 

Required items:

  • White paper
  • Watercolours or paints
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Black paper
  • Black felt tip

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating a birds-on-a-wire painting. First, you will paint a sunrise or sunset background onto your paper. Draw a thin black line across your paper as the wire. After, draw some bird outlines onto some black paper. Cut them out and stick it on to your paper to create bird silhouettes!

Links to other subjects:

Art. Discuss cool/warm colours and the colours you would see in a sunrise or sunset. Try to watch one together to see the colours!

Extra activities:

How to draw a puffun (paper and colours to fill in): Click here 

Day 2: Emu Stare Down

Visit this website to see the inspiration for what we are making today: Click here  

Visit this website and scroll down a bit to download a template of the emu’s eyes and beak: Click here

Required items:

  • A4 paper
  • Black felt tip
  • Oil pastels (or other medium)

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating an emu that is staring at you! Use the template or draw in the eyes and beak. After, using directional strokes, create lines to show the craziness of the emu’s head! Draw in a background as well!

Links to other subjects:

English. Write a story explaining why you and the emu are in a stare down. What happened in the moments before? 

Extra activities:

How to make a paper swan (paper cut into a square): Click here 

Day 3: Penguin Art

Visit this website to see what we are making today: Click here 

Required items:

  • Tissue paper/coloured paper
  • White A4 paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • pencil

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be collaging an icy blue background for your penguin’s home using tissue paper or coloured paper. After, draw a penguin on some paper (or on multiple pieces of coloured paper) and stick it on top of your icy background.

Links to other subjects:

Geography. Discuss features of a polar habitat and what other animals live there. Also discuss how penguins don’t just have to live in a polar habitat.  

Extra activities:

How to fold a penguin (paper cut into a square): Click here 

Day 4: Bird Puppet

Visit this website to see what we’re making today: Click here  

Visit this website to see how to make a paper bag: Click here  

You will need A4 paper and glue/tape.

If you can’t make a paper bag, then just use a circle cut out on a popsicle stick!

Required items:

  • Paper bags
  • Coloured paper
  • White paper
  • Colouring pencils
  • Felt tips
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Scissors

What you’re doing:

Today, you will create a bird puppet! Create a paper bag or use a popsicle stick with a circle cut out to form the body. Then, use coloured paper to add features to it to make it a beautiful bird!

Links to other subjects:

Geography/Drama. Research where your favorite bird lives and find out what their home countries/country is like. Create more than one bird to put on a play for your family!

Other activities:

How to draw a Bluebird (paper and colouring tools): Click here 

Day 5: Bird House

Visit these websites to see what we’re making today: Click here  or  Click here 

Required items:

  • An empty plastic bottle
  • String
  • Glue/tape
  • Paint
  • Rocks/fallen twigs/other things from nature that are broken/dead (please do not harm living plants!)

What you’re doing:

Today, you will be creating a small bird house. You can create one very simply by using a plastic bottle and decorating it with paints and colours. You can put in some twigs and dead things from nature to help the bird start their nest. The second link takes you to an art piece involving a bird house if you would like to do something simpler.

Links to other subjects:

RE/English. Discuss why it is important to care about and protect all living things. Create a poster advertising your bird house.

Other activities:

Make a draw a cartoon parrot (paper and colouring tools): Click here