We have been painting some birds for our latest art project. You can see an Instagram reel about them here.
Homeschooling Bird Art Project
Acrylic Paint (This is a set of colors but you can buy any extra colors separately. This set includes White, Black, Red, Orange, Navy Blue, Blue, Light Blue, Light Pink, Nutmeg Brown, Yellow, Green, Purple, Bright Pink, Teal, Pewter Grey, Bright Magenta, and Parrot Blue)
Card Stock or some other heavier paper to make bird patterns,
Have available: a pencil, scissors, water, paper towels, and a craft smock if needed to protect clothes. Blow dryer (optional but helpful).
- Paint the background with a light color, mixing white and another color on the board so that you have light vertical streaks. This will make a nice contrast to the round shapes of the birds. Wait till this dries or use a blow dryer to dry it.
- Use a heavier paper to cut out 4 birdlike shapes. Arrange these as 4 birds stacked on your board. Remember to leave a small space below each bird body so you can add in the legs later. Lightly pencil around each shape.
- Paint each of your birds a different color, adding patterns and details. Add some fun tail feathers to each bird. Use plaids, stripes, dots and feather patterns to make each of your birds unique. Be creative. Get good coverage of your birds and use your brush carefully.
- Add in bird legs.
- Add a flower on one side.
- (optional) At the end, outline your birds in black.
This Bird Art Project Can Teach Us Something
I used this bird art project to teach my art students that they are unique and special to God. Different facial features, DNA, and fingerprints all point both to our uniqueness and value to God. We are worth many sparrows, knit together in our mother’s womb, of so much value that God made a way to redeem us.
God says you are Unique
13 For You created my innermost parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, because [a]I am awesomely and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
Ephesians 2:10 We are God’s workmanship
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
We are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ:
I Peter 1:18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
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Bonus:There are very good boxed all-in-one curriculums out there. I used mainly one curriculum: BJU Press Homeschool curriculum for all my kids K thru 12. It is a Christian curriculum. I knew some people that worked there and we really liked it.
It is a curriculum where the subjects are integrated (like the spelling words are in the reading and science lessons.) You can do parent led where you teach or purchase the DVD’s or get the same material through the computer. For any of those ways, there are recommendations for grading or they do it for you.
I love the BJU curriculum because they have thought of everything. Subjects are well put together, they list tons of extra resources if you need it and all the prep work is done. On day one, you teach lesson one, etc. So the value of that kind of complete curriculum was worth every penny to me. You can see their curriculum HERE.