I brought in 2 stuffed rooks borrowed from a friend who had taken up taxidermy during her degree course. All the members of Susan's Art Club were thrilled to be able to study such large dramatic birds at close quarters and to be able to stroke their silky feathers.We discussed the complex process of recreating animals for display as they have all seen the marvellous animals exhibited in the Royal Museum of Scotland, also the fact that the wingfeathers are deep purple and brown rather than black.
The children had to position themselves where both eyes and beaks were visible. However some positions were inevitably more difficult to draw from than others.
Good efforts in concentration and observation were achieved with every artist capturing the beady eyes, sharp talons and powerful beak of the rook.