Room 4 explored the different skills needed including holding the pencil correctly, using light lines, shading and toning.
We have learnt to pay attention to the finer details, colours and shapes that make up a bird. In Room 4 there is a wall display of native birds to choose from. Everyone picked a bird of their choice that best described them. We started by lightly sketching the basic outline of the bird, remembering to enlarge the scale of the bird to fit the size of our hand and then add details like feathers, wings, and beaks.
Now to add the pop of colour. We got to explore the use of two different media including pastels and chalk pastels. We learnt to identify what was detail on the bird and what was the background, changing the media we were using to chalk pastels for the background. We went over the outline and detail only in pastel, pushing hard to create a nice smooth, solid line before adding the chalk pastel. By using chalk pastels in the background it created a softer look for the eye giving it a dreamy styled look. Using chalk pastels gave us the ability to easily blend colours creating a more realistic bird.
This visual art activity has sparked some interest to gain a better understanding as to why birds are a particular colour and how it helps them to survive in their living conditions.