Updated: Sep 13, 2019
John James Audubon (1785-1851)
John James Audubon was not the first artist to paint all the birds of America, he was however considered the leading wildlife artist for half a century.
His birds of America is a collection of 435 life-size prints
Audubon was the son of an illegitimate relationship. Early on, he was raised by his stepmother in France. He took a vibrant interest in nature, music and drawing. In 1803, he was sent to America to escape draft into Napoleon's army. In America, he lived on a family owned estate where he hunted, drew, and studied birds. During this time, he met his wife and married.
He began the first bird banding experiments during this time. Audubon tied string around each bird's leg and discovered that birds return to the same nesting spot each year.
During his professional life as a business man, Audubon continued to draw birds as a hobby.
For a short period of time Audubon was jailed for bankruptcy.
With no other job prospects, he set off on a quest. His life-sized bird portraits were almost an overnight success.
His story is one of triumph over adversity. Audubon was a keen observer of nature and birds and taught about the harm of destruction to habitats in nature.
As Charlotte Mason teachers, it is wise to make Audubon part of our every day conversation and educational lifestyle. We are all students of nature, Audubon has much to teach us!
In my search for more of his works, I found a collection of 77 replicas of his famous paintings.
This set contains 13 pages with 6 pocket size replicas Audubon's birds! They are beautiful!!!
Many possibilities exist with this set
Print 2 sets and play the match game
Use these images for picture study
Use twin to make "bird garland" for your school area at home
Weekly study of one bird at a time. For week 1, study the Pin-Tailed Duck. As you teach your student about the bird of the week, get library books and look for additional resources.