Lots of work went into this project...almost 9 class days! One of the longest projects we've done at BMS (Mrs. Hare's attention span isn't that long).
We began with drawing realistic birds found in MN road ditches (see other posts here and here). Watercolor techniques such as wet-in-wet and salt were then added to create texture and detail to the bird's feathers. We also outlined with Sharpie to create more depth and detail within the birds. The next step was creating the bird's habitat from a collage background of construction paper and printed images of native MN grasses and flowers. We made the printed images from cut cork printing plates, brayers and block ink.
Five of these works will be submitting to the MN department of Natural Resource's "Roadsides are for the Birds" poster contest. Check out the link here for more information.