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Birds of the Palouse

School: Palouse Prairie Charter School

City/State: Moscow, ID

Grade(s): 1, 2

Format(s): Note cards

Subject(s): Science and Technology, Visual Arts

Project Overview

First and second-grade students created these watercolor collages of birds after a hands-on exploration of the way different birds adapt to survive in their unique environments.

Students practiced different techniques for mixing and laying colors and experimented with creating effects using different brush strokes and sizes. They created multiple drafts and participated in multiple rounds of critiques to produce a high-quality piece of work. They also wrote an informational paragraph about their bird to accompany the collages.

The final product was a set of notecards which are sold at the local bookstore and school. Students spent a long time with this product to learn the medium and work on actual products.

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • A project format that is appealing and has a genuine audience – attractive to parents and community members; retail stores; useful as gifts to school supporters
  • Fine model of a collage technique of watercolor background/drawn image that could be used in many project formats
  • Highlights a format in which the work of each student can be individually assessed

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