Tomorrow, April 8 is the annual Draw a Bird Day. Held in honor of Dorie Cooper, it’s a sad WWII story. Dorie tried to cheer up her uncle, a wounded soldier who had lost a leg in a land mine. She asked him to draw her a bird and the robin drawing hung in her room. Soon entire wards of wounded soldiers joined in drawing Dorie birds.
When she was killed in a car accident at the age of ten, her friends filled her coffin with bird drawings.
Draw a Bird day has simple guidelines:
- Draw a bird.
- Share it with someone you love.
Get started with Draw a Bird Day
Wildlife artist, Kitty Harvill is offering a series of black and white, printable creative coloring pages for students. As the artist for Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for over 60 Years, Harvill is well-versed in bird art. The three creative coloring pages include a set-up for students :
- Add a landscape for a soaring bird
- Add a bird flying over a tsunami wave
- Complete a drawing of a bird using a photo reference.