Visual Bird Puns

4 days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental, and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies, tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual, performing, or applied arts discipline.

 

Objectives:

·         Students will create a visual pun by drawing a bird in a humorous way to show meaning of bird name.

·         Students will work with word play and see objects in a new way.

·         Students will develop skills in using drawing media.

Vocabulary Words:

pun, visual pun, environment

Preparation:

Print out and cut strips of paper with bird names. Place names inside plastic egg or in a basket. 

Materials and Resources:

·         example of Visual Bird Pun

·         evaluation sheet

·         12x18” white paper

·         markers

·         colored pencils

·         plastic egg or basket

Bird Names:

Bee-eaters
Bellbirds
Birds of Paradise
Ovenbirds
Canvasback
Catbirds
Corn Crakes
Cowbirds
Elf Owl
Scrubfowl
Seabird
Secretary Bird


 

Flycatchers
Frogmouths
Fork-tailed swift
Turtle Dove
Umbrella Bird
Kingfishers
Man of War Bird
Night Hawk
Grasshopper Sparrow
Egyptian Plover
Rock Hopper Penguin
Yellow Hammer


 

Grey Winged Trumpeter
Fruit Dove
Elephant Bird
Dollarbird
Tiger Parrot
Sandwich Tern
Firecrest
King Penguin
Rose Headed Parakeet
Festive Parrot
Scissor -Tailed Nightjar
Spotted Antbird


 

Motivation – Instruction:

  • Discuss the meaning of a pun and visual pun. (Pun: A play on words, usually the assignment of different meanings to similar sounding words or phrases, with humorous intent. Visual Pun: An artwork depicting objects arranged so that the names of the objects suggests a play on words.)
  • Brainstorm how some words could be drawn to create a visual pun.
  • Teacher will show example of project.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students select bird name hidden in plastic egg or in basket.
Procedure:

Day 1:

·         Discuss the meaning of a pun and visual pun. The class will brainstorm how some words can be drawn to create a visual pun.

·         Show example of project.

·         Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.

·         Students will select a bird name hidden in plastic egg or in basket.

·         Students will begin drawing their rough draft of their bird and background environment.

Day 2:

·         Students will finish their rough drafts.

·         Students will receive their good 12x18” white paper and neatly and carefully draw their final picture in pencil.

Day 3:

·         Students will begin coloring their Visual Bird Pun drawings with colored pencil, leaving little or no white space.

Day 4:

·         Students will finish coloring with colored pencils. Student will outline their birds and backgrounds with colored markers.

Resources:

Adapted from Kenna Bush –

www.princetononol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/Kenna-birdpuns.htm