Drawing Source Material: Nests

A collection of imagery and sources which you can use to prompt drawing in schools and community groups. 

Nests

Use the film below to enable children to explore drawing nests. Try to create a sense of momentum – for example you might pause the video 4 times and ask the pupils to make a 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute and 4 minute drawing at each pause. 

Encourage close and slow looking by talking as they draw – use your voice to attract their attention to qualities of the nest.

Try the same exercise using different materials, ie handwriting pen, ink and nib, pastel, watercolour…

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Davis, United States. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Davis, United States. Original public domain image from Wikimedia Commons

Bird nest hanging on a tree. Free public domain CC0 photo.

Bird nest hanging on a tree. Free public domain CC0 photo.

Birds nest in tree, nature photography. Free public domain CC0 image.

Birds nest in tree, nature photography. Free public domain CC0 image.

Birds nest in tree, nature photography. Free public domain CC0 image.

Birds nest in tree, nature photography. Free public domain CC0 image.

Fine Nest
Rough Nest

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