Youth Bird Fest Poster Competition
Students in grades K-8 are invited to submit bird artwork to become the feature image on the 2021 Bird Fest poster.
Instructional art videos below can guide you or provide inspiration, but you are free to create any bird art that sparks your imagination.
Held on May 13-16, 2021, Bird Fest celebrates the return of migratory birds in the midst of peak wildflower season. Participants enjoy the excitement of birding field trips and workshops, and take part in speaker events, music, visual arts, picnics, and activities for all ages and abilities.
Bird Fest 2021 will be a hybrid model, following state and local COVID guidance at the time.
Students in grades K-8 are invited to submit bird art made with watercolors, pastels, colored pencils, markers, crayons, collage, or any other 2-dimensional materials.
Students should submit scans of their art by March 31st via scan or mail:
Wenatchee River Institute, PO Box 2073, Leavenworth, WA 98826.
Questions? Contact Elisa Lopez at
Bird Art Instructional Videos
Artist Bruce Morrison teaches you how to draw and paint an eagle.
Materials: paper, pencil, watercolor set, water, paper towel, black/brown/yellow crayons
Artist Bruce Morrison shows you how to sketch a bird often seen and heard in the North Cascades: the chickadee.
We suggest working with our VALUE (shading) video first, so that your chickadee sketch can incorporate more contrast. YouTube link or Vimeo link.
Materials: pencil, paper, eraser
Artist Amber Zimmerman teaches you how to paint a bluebird and a robin on newsprint.
Materials: paper, water, watercolor paint set, paper towel
Artist Bruce Morrison teaches you how to draw and paint an owl.
Materials: paper, black/yellow/orange/brown crayons, water, watercolor paint set, paper towel
P. Zonka Chicken
Artist Christa Culbert uses Julie Paschkis’s book “P. Zonka Lays an Egg” as inspiration for this chicken-friendly art activity that uses a traditional Ukrainian folk art style.
Materials: paper, pencil, black marker or crayon, watercolor set, water cup, paper towel (optional)
- Although chickens are technically birds, we suspect a chicken drawing won’t win the Bird Fest contest…. Use this P. Zonka lesson just for fun!