These are a collection of Romero Britto's bird-inspired works with a short biography, thinking questions, and key words to focus on.
These display sheets pair well with a directed-drawing bird lesson. For younger age groups (3-5,) I found using a template to encourage them to get a bird-like shape to be helpful. For slightly older age groups (4-8) a directed drawing lesson was helpful. Older age groups would be capable of drawing their own birds with inspiration from the thinking questions and display images.
Directed Drawing Sample Instructions:
1. Start by finding the upper left corner of the page (point to the centre, then move on an imaginary diagonal line.)
2. Draw a dot. This will be your bird's eye.
3. Draw a big round "C" around the dot, this will be your bird's head.
4. Draw a "U" shaped curve, from the bottom of the "C" to the other side of the page. This will be your bird's body. (At this point, they can start to see how the bird is going to take shape.)
5. Connect the top of the "C" to the end of the "U" with another curved line. Then draw a curvy triangle shape behind this shape to create the second wing.
6. Separate your bird into sections by drawing curved lines along the length of your bird (Referencing the display sheets is helpful at this stage.)
In my classroom, students drew with black oil pastels, then filled in each section with a pattern using coloured oil pastels. They then painted each section with watercolours.
Our Britto Birds were cut out and installed as part of a mural for our end-of-year project. The birds were able to be removed from the mural so that they could be taken home.