Picture Study – Audubon’s Bird Paintings

 

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Picture Study – Audubon’s Bird Paintings: an activity for children of all ages. John James Audubon was an ornithologist, a naturalist, and a painter, who drew 435 birds, images of every bird then known in America. In this activity, children will learn more about the life and paintings of James John Audubon.

  • Supplies:
  • For a young child (ages 4-6): Read the story:
  • Have your child narrate the story back to you in their own words. (You may decide to read a short passage and then have them narrate rather than retelling the entire story.)
  • Color a picture from Audubon’s Birds of America coloring book.
  • Allow your child time to color the picture.
  • For an older child (ages 6 and up): Read one (or more) of the following recommended books:
  • Have your child narrate the story back to you in their own words. (You may decide to read a short passage and then have them narrate rather than retelling the entire story.)
  • If desired, have your child write a short paragraph, including details of the story important to them (recommended for children developmentally ready, 8 to 10 and up).
  • Choose and print one of James’ many beautiful paintings.  Laminate or put in a page protector as desired.
  • Allow the child time to study the picture, taking in every detail, until they are able to picture it with their eye’s closed.
  • After the picture has been studied, remove it from sight.
  • Have your child, from memory, draw and/or describe as many of the details of the picture as they can remember.
  • Have your child tell the story behind the picture.
  • Ask the child some of the following questions, making sure not to impose your own feelings/interpretations:
    • What was the overall feeling of the picture?
    • What did you see in the picture?
    • Did you like it?
    • How does this picture make you feel?
    • If you could name this picture, what title would you choose?
    • Can you relate to this picture?
    • What is this painting saying?
    • For more questions, visit artjunction.org and/or artcuratorforkids.com.
  • Document these thoughts to include with the picture as desired.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include them in the garden or art appreciation notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.