Christine Thornton's Art Studio

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Bird Paintings: John James Audubon

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Art Start December 2012

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Art Start students learned about the American painter and naturalist John James Audubon, who set out in the early 1800's to paint every type of bird in America. Audubon wanted his paintings to look very realistic, so he showed great detail, complicated poses, natural habitats, and often birds' favorite foods. He ended up with 436 paintings published in a giant volume of 4 books.  In 2010 one of

 

these original volumes sold for $11 million! Now, happily, there are reproductions of these beautiful paintings to copy from. Each student chose a painting to sketch from, then they transferred their drawings to canvas panels.The final images were painted with tempera cakes. (see Chloe, left)  Beautiful job, artists! I'm so proud of you!