SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2014

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O ne could almost hear the chirping of the birds when entering the artroom. The entire wall was filled with the most charming array of cut-paper birds perched in their birdcages. With their universal appeal, incredible variety, and uncomplicated shapes, birds make great subjects for young artists, and cutting and gluing skills are gained by putting birds in birdcages filled with all the things that a bird might want. Looking at pictures of birds, we learned that they are the only species to be covered with feathers, and that feathers form the birds' wings and tails. We saw that all birds have beaks to for- age for food, and most have two legs with four claws on their feet for perching on branches. Students were fascinated to find that birds exist in almost every color of the rainbow. Learning How to Cut and Glue Before starting, we reviewed proper use of scissors. I reminded students that the thumb goes in the small hole and two or three fingers go in the larger hole. With the blade of the scissors opened wide, I showed students how to take advantage of the whole blade while cut- Julie Voigt Feather Birds OF A ting. I demonstrated how to make circular shapes by using one hand to slowly close the scissors while using the other hand to gradually turn the paper, continuing to open and close the scissors while turning the paper until a circle is completed. Next, I demonstrated how to attach two pieces of paper, stressing that the glue is applied to the smaller piece, which is then pressed onto the larger piece. Slightly dampened sponges helped with sticky fingers. Early Childhood Studio Lesson Michael, age six. 20 SchoolArts A_pages_5_14.indd 20 3/20/14 2:57 PM

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