When I saw the picture book, A Chicken Followed
Me Home! by Robin Page, I wanted to do a project with my kids. Have you seen this book? It’s a charming nonfiction book that answers all kinds of questions about chickens. The illustrations of different breeds of chickens are created from marbled paper, and it’s a fun way to tie in some science by learning about chickens.
We start the art project by printing marbled paper with shaving cream and watercolor. It’s a fun and process that the children really enjoy. In the next class, we draw and cut out hens, chicks, and eggs. The last step is to glue down the chickens and draw combs, wattles, feathers, etc. in oil pastel.
The 14-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Fun Facts About Chickens + Word Wall (with Definitions)
-Recommended Books + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Marbling Paper
-Photo Tutorial for Drawing and Creating the Collage
-Helpful Tips + Possible Extensions
-Student Gallery, Grades 1-2
-How to Draw a Hen, Chick, + Egg Handout
-Line Drawing of a Hen, Chick + Egg
Supplies: watercolor paper and white drawing paper (each 9 x 12”), oil pastels, liquid watercolors, eye droppers or large round brushes, shaving cream, plastic trays, ruler or piece of foam core, scissors, glue, popsicle sticks.
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Please tag me if you post about this project. I would love to see your pics!