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We used calendar pictures of birds for inspiration in this project.  Before we started drawing we discussed proportion and placement.  Each student was given a bird picture to reference while we discussed the shape of the bird body (like a raindrop); the head size in comparison to the body size (can be different on different species); the angle and size of the beak; the length of the tail; and the angle of the legs.  The students then pencil drew the bird and comparable surroundings as the calendar picture.  They colored the birds with oil pastels and finished with a colored chalk background.  For further information on this project see “Drawing Birds” in the 6th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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