We don't have such things as birch forests around these parts and we certainly don't have cardinals, so this was a real learning experience.
Kids began with Smartboard images of birch forests and a discussion about foreground, and background. Then they each got a board that was "pre-taped."
Next they peeled off the tape and used a small piece of illustration board and black liquid tempera to scrape black onto the trunks.
Some classes had more time, so they added some animals to their forests. This was a more directed lesson. I began showing the kids a photo of a doe in the forest and drew the shapes I saw on the animal using a piece of acetate over the deer.
Then I moved the photo away so they could see just the drawn shapes on the acetate. Next, we drew the deer step by step.
Students had the choice of where to place the deer in their forest. I showed them how they could cut the deer up the middle and glue each half on either side of a tree to give the impression that the deer was walking behind a tree. For some kids, this was a real revelation!! After these went on display in the hallway, I also had a few adults stop me to ask how the kids had done this!!