Circle animals


This project is rated as: EASY

Materials needed: Computer paper; crayons (or colored pencils, or felt tip markers, or paint); scissors (or craft knife)

This project was inspired by the books written by Ed Emberley. He is an artist who has written several books that teach you to draw, or construct figures using very simple techniques. I recommend Ed's books! They are available at bookstores, including those that are on the Internet.

In this project, we will construct a bird picture using parts of circles. Your finished picture will look something like this:

Start by printing a color version for the project if you have a color printer.
or print a black and white version if you do not have a color printer.
(if you print the black and white version, then color the circle segments before proceeding.)

Cut out each of the circle parts. The half circle will become the bird's body; the quarter circle will become the bird's head; the one-eighth circle part will become the bird's tail ; One of the one-sixteenth circle parts will become the bird's beak (the other one-sixteenth part is not used).

After cutting out the bird parts (and coloring, if needed) you will have pieces like the following:

The head needs to be reverted; the beak and tail rotated into the correct orientatation and pasted to a sheet of paper as shown here:

After pasting the parts to the paper, you can use a marking pen to add an eye, nostril, beak opening, tail feathers, a wing, and legs and feet.

You are not limited to the circles used in this project. You can draw circles any size that you want; divide them as shown and assemble a bird. You may want to make several birds of different sizes and glue them onto the same sheet of paper.

Furthermore, using parts of circles, you can make flowers, other birds, animals, insects, people, and designs. Just purchase Ed Emberly's book, "Picture Pie" and/or "Picture Pie 2", and he will show you how.