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The bright, happy colors of Alma Thomas’ abstract artworks is the inspiration for these collages. The first step is painting with a focus on broad brushstrokes of color. The second step is drawing a big bird and a little bird, and turning those paintings into a brightly colored collage. Included are instructions for drawing 14 different birds: the cardinal, duck, flamingo, goose, hummingbird, kingfisher, owl, parrot, penguin, quail, seagull, spoonbill, toucan, and woodpecker. This project provides a great opportunity to have a discussion with the children about abstract and realistic art.
This is a great project for Black History Month. Alma Thomas taught art to children for many years. When she retired, she started painting abstractly. She became the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum in New York City. She said, “Through color, I have sought to concentrate on beauty and happiness, not on man’s inhumanity to man.”
Time Required: 60-90 minutes, in two classes.
The 31-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Artist Spotlight: Alma Thomas + Word Wall (with Definitions)
-Recommended Books + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Abstract Paintings and Bird Collages
-Student Gallery, Grades 1-2
-How to Draw Sheets for 14 Birds
Thanks for checking out the lesson! I teach art to children in Westchester, New York. My passion is creating art projects my students love and sharing them with you.
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