John James Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, & painter. He documented all types of American birds with very detailed illustrations. 4th & 5th graders observed the fine details in Audubon's work, and created incredible pencil sketches. (click on images for a closer look)
Using a black permanent marker, students traced their own
artwork onto the back of a clear plastic plate.
Color was applied to the back of the plate (reverse painting) with
acrylics or permanent color sharpie markers. The results were stunning.
Some students explored reverse painting on recycled CD cases.