Our K/1 teachers love to introduce students to different children’s authors. It is fun to link the classroom work with the art room. In this case, students created images of birds using donated gray paper, crayons and paper scraps.
Classroom teachers read the story Birds written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes to the students. They came into the art room and created images based on the story.
I did show them how to draw a tree so that it was off the page. If I were to do this again, I would simply show them images from the book and talk with them about the shapes they see and have the students create their own place for their birds to be rather than just putting them in a tree. I really enjoyed seeing the students who did their own version of the birds with different shapes, different wings and even the ones who were flying.