Drawing Seabirds

Lindisfarne and the nearby Farne Islands are just off the wild Northumbrian coast and are now protected nature reserves - havens for sea life, insects, seals and in particular sea birds. Tens of thousands of puffins, guillimots, razorbills, shags, cormorants, terns, gulls, kittiwakes, fulmars, waders and eider ducks nest on the islands. St. Cuthbert protected the creatures living on the islands (the first eco-warrior) and Eadfrith, artist of the Gospels, celebrated the amazing diversity of life living around him. His Carpet and Incipit Pages team with birds and animals. Produce your own celebration of the birdlife of our coastline by drawing and designing.

  • Draw sea birds in your Research Book. Even better - take it to an RSPB Reserve and draw the birds from life. Use the illustrations to help you to build up the construction of the anatomy of each type of bird. Use the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds website to help you: www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/
  • Each bird can be built from a series of triangles and rectangles (see Sea Birds 1 and 2 images)
  • Feed the birds

sea bird shapes on stained paper
Sea Birds 1

Sea Birds 1

 

sea bird shapes on stained paper
Sea Birds 2

Sea Birds 2

 

Sea Bird Borders

Use your sea bird drawings to create decorative borders

  • Copy or trace your drawings of sea birds and combine them in different ways to form long designs suitable for a border to surround another piece of work (see Bird Borders image)
  • Introduce other decorative elements and shapes such as spirals, dog tooth and diamond motifs, chequerboard motifs, plants forms, eggs and landscapes. (see Wader Borders image)
  • Scan your designs and use them in digital collages which combine drawings, textures and digital photographs
  • Print out the images for your Research Book (see Tern and Montage image)

 

Image of bird border design
Bird Borders

Bird Borders

 

Image of wader border design
Wader Borders

Wader Borders

 

Montage of tern designs
Terns and Montage

Terns and Montage