My son's kindergarten - 1st grade class was studying chickens and it was my turn to do an art project with them. We read a book called, "When the Sun Comes Up in Tinga Tinga Tales". The Tinga Tinga tales are based on Tingatinga art of Tanzania. The colors are bright and the patterns are fun. After we read the book and studied the patterning and colors, the students got to work on their own drawings. They started with black paper and a lighter color of oil pastel. We used the lighter color of pastel to create an outline of the chicken. We broke the chicken down into basic shapes; circle for the head, triangles for the beak, oval for the body, rain drops for the feathers, etc... It was fun for the students to tell me all the parts of the chicken they had been studying.
After they had the chicken outline drawn, the students went into the different sections of the chicken to add patterns and colors.
The chickens were amazing. We displayed them for the chicken project's culminating event. The parents loved seeing the images!