I'm working with 6th graders who are completing a science unit on Ecology. For the complimentary art curriculum I am having them create linocut wildlife and botanical illustrations. We looked at Lynette Weir's masterful illustrations to understand some of the possible choices with regards to style and design to emphasize certain aspects of their chosen subjects.
My favorite prints by Lynette Weir are her Tawny Frogmouth owl studies. Owls are beloved by humans largely for their large, hauntingly expressive eyes, although this particular species also possesses a certain humor in its appearance due to its frog-like wide beak. In her prints of the Tawny Frogmouth, Weir manages to capture its oddball appearance while maintaining its dignity as a formidable bird of prey.
I'll post my students' linocut illustrations soon as we begin printing this week and next.