Birds were the focus of this year’s two week art camp. From the variety of bird books and field guides in the classroom, each child chose a special bird to study and draw. Both in the studio and in the classroom, children set to work, using markers, crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils and watercolors to represent their birds. As the drawings and paintings accumulated, the children were able to observe their birds more closely, and notice details they had missed in their earlier attempts.
During the two weeks, we also read bird books every day, with a special focus on the first great bird artist, John James Audubon. We learned about his love of the outdoors and his ability to watch birds closely and quietly, so he could learn their habits. He also had a BIG QUESTION: Where do birds go in the fall and do they ever come back to the same nest? The children know the answer and how Audubon discovered it – just ask them!
The final week of camp was busy with creating life-sized studies of the children’s birds, and building nests to fill with the appropriate eggs. Our classroom nest specimens were examined to see what materials would be needed. After the raw materials were collected and the nests constructed – using clay for the mud- the children researched their bird’s particular egg to see how to paint them just the right colors.
The culminating event was an art show and reception, with lovely invitations created by the children and delivered to their families and the seniors of Inver Glen Senior Living. The children, dressed in their finest, stood proudly by their artwork to welcome the art patrons and answer questions. Their efforts were enthusiastically celebrated, and we are very grateful for the school community’s support of these young artists!