Thursday, February 28, 2013

Light as a Feather

Rooster today, feather duster tomorrow.
~Russian proverb


Plumes
by Adolphe Millot dans Larousse pour tous [1907-1910]

Cutting the Feather
by Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685)

Chinese Kingfisher Feather Tiara, late 19th century
In this art form, kingfisher feathers are painstakingly cut and glued onto gilt silver.

The Milliners
by Johann Hamza, 1902

Ikarus
by Simon Benetton

Battle of Waterloo piper (wearing a feather bonnet)
A Cameron urging on the Highland Line, 1815, playing the Piobearchd "War or Peace."

Wing of a Roller, 1512
by Albrecht Dürer
watercolor and gouache on vellum

Fine Feathers make Fine Birds, etching for "The Yellow Book," 1897
by Amalie Bauerle

Portrait of Princess Galitzin (1763-1842)
by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Links:
Feather experiment by Robert Krampf
Lots of feather-related stories and lessons from Edhelper.com
Feather Drawings idea (white chalk on black paper)
Making Fabric Feathers
Peacock Feather paper craft
Amazing feather art by Chris Maynard
My friend Laura Shovan just posted a poem about singer Bessie Smith and her feathered hat

2 comments:

Linda at teacherdance said...

the first one, Icarus & the feather drawing are my favorites. I have given a feather collection away to some of the teachers so the students can draw them. It's a wonderful exercise in detail. Thanks for all of this, Tabatha. I loved Laura's poem.

Author Amok said...

Thanks, Tabatha. Whoa -- that blue tiara. I'm in love.

I like Linda's suggestion of providing feathers for students to draw!