Audubon’s Scientific Illustrations with Upside-Down Drawing- Lesson Plan


Practice the Upside-down drawing drill while learning about the famous artist, Audubon.

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This lesson plan gives students the opportunity to learn about John James Audubon while practicing the Upside-down drawing drill.  This art project can be done with just paper and pencil. If time allows, students can add color with colored pencils

This project works great for the Classical Conversations week 3, 30-minute art project.

This 18-page lesson plan includes the following:

  • A simple short biography about John James Audubon and his famous collection of prints titled Birds of America.
  • An explanation of the upside-down drawing drill.
  • A portrait of Audubon
  • 9 of Audubon’s paintings
  • 3 line drawings, of varying levels of detail, of Audubon’s Ivory Billed Woodpecker painting
  • 2 line drawings, of varying levels of detail, of Audubon’s Wild Turkey painting
  • Vocabulary words and definitions
  • References to additional resources
  • Simple art project instructions
  • Materials list
  • Options for scaling the art project up or down depending on the experience level of your art students
  • Encore suggestions- These are ideas tutors and teachers can offer students for how they can repeat the lesson at home with a fun twist. If you have several hours to complete this art project, you may want to try one of these suggestions in class.

This item is also available, at a discount, within the Science Meets Art Drawing Package which includes 6 lesson plans and is ideal for weeks 1-6 of Fine Arts in a cycle 2 Classical Conversations Foundations community.

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Single User (and up to 10 students), 2-4 Users (and up to 40 students), 5-10 Users (and up to 100 students)


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