These adorable Angry Birds are the perfect way to introduce sculpture to our youngest artists! They are simple and easy to make, don’t require a ton of materials, and they always come out looking pretty darn cute. This lesson requires a bit of team work and incorporates art history in a fun, kindergarten friendly way.
What you need:
- Masking tape
- Tempera paint
- Paint brushes
- Google Eyes
- 1″x2″ orange paper
- Elmer’s glue
Let’s get started!
We begin by discussing human emotion in art work. Rembrandt was famous for experimenting with emotions in his etchings. I show my students on picture at a time as they erupt with laughter. With each picture, we discuss what emotion Rembrandt is expressing and we try our best to imitate it!
Next we play a quick game of pin the eyebrows on the angry bird! This is a great way to follow through with our lesson on emotions. I stick a little bit of putty on the back of two “eyebrows” and each kid gets a turn sticking them onto the Angry Bird I have made using construction paper. Kids learn how to show different emotions based on the placement of the eyebrows and they have a blast doing it! Excuse my chipped nail polish… Having cute nails and being an art teacher is a serious struggle!
Give each student a whole piece of newspaper or two halves. Show how to crumple it into a ball and squeeze it as small as possible. I have my students partner up and help eachother tape their newspaper. One kid holds the wadded up ball while the other tapes it as tight as they can. Be sure to teach kinders hot to rip tape off a roll!
Once the ball is wrapped tightly in tape, it’s time to get messy! Place a cup of paint at each table. I stick to the actual angry bird colors: blue, yellow, red, green. Be sure to poke the brush into all the crevices.
Once dry, have your students to fold their piece of orange, beak-paper in half and cut out a triangle making sure that the bottom of the triangle is on the fold. This part is alway a struggle so make sure to have plenty of extra orange papers cut! Add the beak, google eyes, and feather. When adding the feather, find a hole to tuck it into and then add a bit of glue to hold it in place. Let dry, and enjoy!