This is a super easy project for middle elementary kids. I like to demonstrate how to draw a tropical bird using the steps below. As I'm drawing, I explain how it's easy to alter the shape of the body, shape of the beak or the expanse of the wings, etc. Depending on how well the class listens or what their energy is, I'll either do a direct line approach or demonstrate first and have them complete their own drawing.
After the drawing is complete, use watercolors to finish of the painting. I used liquid watercolors since I wanted to focus on blending and a more casual approach to painting. If you want more detail, I'd recommend using cake watercolors.
Sharpie brand black drawing pens
6" x 9" watercolor paper
You can decide which is the right method for you. Here is my basic grid for drawing a tropical bird:
The next step is easy. Paint!
Fourth Grade Results (Mr. Light's Class at Mountain View)