Up Tall and High Literature Art

Up Tall and High Literature Art

My Amazing second graders made some epic birds today after we read Up Tall and High by Ethan Long. I was so thrilled with this literature art project and their artistic skills on this project. They were engaged the entire time! That is a major bonus! I found this art lesson on Deep Space Sparkle website so I can’t share all the details but I am in love with this project!

This book has amazing fold outs that make this book super fun to read and a must have in your collection. It is a winner of the Theodor Suess Geisel Award and for good reason.

Up Tall and High Bird
Up Tall and High Bird

 

Up Tall and High BirdMy Students used 12×18 Sulphite paper and oil pastels to draw the bird and then painted with water colors. The result was super neat as you can see!

Literature art is one of my favorite things to incorporate into my art projects, plus it gives me a great excuse to buy books. Each Monday I will be sharing a favorite book that can be used for a literature art project.

When drawing this bird I would show them a few different ways to draw a bird and encourage your child to fill up the page with the bird. Be sure to talk about the attributes of birds, the shape of thier feathers, and the beak.

Sometimes the tendency is to draw small, if they do its okay, just add another bird, pond, trees, flowers ect. When water coloring I would use liquid water colors, pan colors are fine but not as vibrant. I also use the Lakeshore no-spill paint cups with a small amount of water color. Add water to make the color lighter if you wish. I would also recomend the Royal Langnickel brushes as they hold the color well and distribute it beautifully. Remember to have fun and go with the flow, let them create in their own way. Let them start over if they mess up or encourage them to keep going and turn it into a beautiful oops!

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