Now that camp is over we find ourselves with a bit more time to create. And what a better way to come up with ideas than to be inspired by books. Grace rarely selects picture books from the library anymore, as chapter books are her "thing" now. Every once and awhile though, the cover illustration on a picture book will spark her interest, so into the bag it goes.
We have several of these such books in our possession now and Grace has been inspired to create projects based the their content. First on her list was, "The Boy Who Drew Birds", written by Jacqueline Davies and illustrated by Melissa Sweet. The book is based on the true story of John James Audubon and his love of birds.
After reading the book together, we busied ourselves drawing and painting our own favorite birds. Grace opted for a Blue Jay due to her current favorite color being blue and I, a Cardinal due to my love of their distinctive chirp while dining at our feeder. We first drew our birds using a drawing pencil, then outlined our pencil marks with a Pigma pen and finally gave them color by using watercolors.
Reading and creating birds together, was a perfect way to spend a rainy day!