To start the class I had students draw a bird from their imagination. At the end of class we compared these imaginary birds with the birds that we are drawing from observation. Students were able to notice a big difference in the drawings they did from their imagination and the drawings they did from observation. They found that the image drawn from their head was lacking alot of details, such as feathers and shading, causing it to look more cartoon-like and less realistic.
We discussed different styles of shading such as hatching, cross-hatching, side of pencil and tip of pencil shading, and stumping. Students found that hatching and cross-hatching were not really good methods for shading birds. It seemed the detail of the birds feathers were better rendered with side and tip of pencil methods combined with stumping.
It was wonderful to watch how focused students were while drawing and shading their birds. They were intent on including all details to make their birds look as realistic as they couI have posted some images of their drawings (in progress) on our facebook fanpage at http://www.facebook.com/kreativekids