I love birds, in fact I consider myself a birder (i.e. bird watcher). I’ve driven hours just to see different species and have spent even more hours on the photos that I’ve taken of them. However, the one thing I’ve never been able to do is to draw them.
In the 1940’s Raymond Sheppard published his book How to Draw Birds. If you love birds or just love to draw, you may want to download this treasure from the past.
Preview: How to Draw Birds
He begins his book with an introduction to a method approach to drawing. He talks about anatomy and construction, wings, feathers, beaks, and feet. Next, he focuses on types of birds: ducks, yard birds, birds found in woods, oyster-catchers and curlews, herons, and others. He also gives instruction on how to draw birds within their habitat as well as in the air. Throughout the book, Sheppard provides ample illustrations and points to specific details that one can add.
If you or someone you know is interested in birds or just loves to draw, take time to preview How to Draw Birds. If you would like to download his book, go to: available downloads. (You’ll find it under the Art category.)
If you would like to add a unit study within your homeschooling day, check out these materials from the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory:
- Activity of the Month:
Receive a set of 10 different bird-related activities to share with your students, one for each month of the school year! The front page contains background information on each month’s topic, and the back page features a hands-on activity for your classroom. Available in English and Spanish. Cost: $10 for entire set in one language, $17 for both languages plus $3.50 s/h
- Bald Eagle Behavior:
Learn about Bald Eagle natural history, behavior, and conservation. Activities in this 20-page booklet focus on observing the life cycle of America’s national symbol. Cost: $5 plus $2 s/h
- Birds in Hand and Field:
Biologists the world over use banding to study bird migration, populations, and habitat use. This 16-page booklet is filled with activities for learning about this important research method. Topics include basic bird identification, migration, data collection, and more. Suitable for grades 1-7, and used in training adults at bird banding stations. Available in English and Spanish. Cost: $5 plus $2 s/h
- The Shortgrass Prairie:
Activities in this 16-page booklet focus on shortgrass prairie ecology, from a close look at grasses and grassland birds to the inhabitants of a prairie dog town. Make your own field guide, play The Prairie Game, learn about Burrowing Owls, and more! Cost: $5 plus $2 s/h
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