This winter, we spent some time learning about and drawing birds that stick around in Iowa for the winter. Some of our cardinal drawings are posted elsewhere on the blog. We also drew chickadees. Lucy's drawing demonstrates an interest in creating contrasts. Tiny feathers on the chickadee's belly and neck vs. the bulkier feathers of the tail. Solid red berries vs. empty berries. Large empty snowflakes vs. tiny blue snowflakes. Lucy's drawing shows that she's thinking and experimenting as she works.
Paula took on a challenge when she chose a small reference photograph of someone handfeeding a chickadee. She dove in with a black marker and got a great result. The use of a few splashes of color enlivens the drawing, and the choice to omit the bird's eye adds interest. Paula seems to enjoy being a student during our art sessions and really adds to the group's work by modeling the courage, focus and encouragement that are our ideals for everyone.