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Monday, December 5, 2011

Winter Cardinals

We are doing a one day painting of a winter cardinal right now. The kids did an AWESOME job today!


There is a certain cardinal that you might have heard of…I ‘m sure…that the kids know very well, and were very excited to talk about. They made the connection very quickly. I did not even bring it up!

angry bird


We started with a simple line drawing with black permanent marker. I modeled it with them, and they watched a video on youtube. We looked at lots of images of cardinal paintings.




They had to make the sky light blue by using lots of water, and dotted the snow at the very end




I did this with EVERY grade level…and they all did great! Here are some kindergarten examples below!





  1. These are beautiful!!

  2. I always LOVE looking at your blog, and I really think these winter cardinals are awesome! I don't consider birds an easy thing to draw but these should be on the front of Christmas cards! Love it!

  3. Thanks Brianna! The kids did so good on these I wanted to laminate them! Thanks for your sweet comments!

  4. I love these.. thanks for the video link!

  5. Love these guys. I am going to do this with my 1/2 split class for their Christmas presents for their parents. Thanks for the great examples!

  6. Just finished your birds with my class and they turned out beautiful. I put some on my blog if you care to peak. thanks so much for sharing!

  7. I have so many questions for you. I love your blog and incredible art ideas!!! What kind of paper did you use? Is that water color?? Is there anywhere on this site that gives step by step directions?? I would love to do this type of stuff with my 3rd graders. Thanks!

  8. Think your work is great. The choice of activity seems to reflect a respect for nature and living creatures and think this is critical when working with children. Thank you.

  9. I'm the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your cardinal project! You can see it here:

    Thanks for another awesome project idea!

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