“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
― Charles Dickens
I was adding to my calendar some events to do with my students. I saw this,an actual
drawing theme! As a person who loves birds and thinking the kids would too we would do something for this day. Little did I know the background,involved soldiers and now all the more reason to draw a bird! Won’t you join me? Draw a bird and post it on my FACEBOOK page to share. Then pass it on to someone to cheer them up. Here is how the story goes…
YES, Draw a Bird Day is an unofficial Holiday, but it grew through soldiers, medical personnel and their families. Today, it is celebrated world wide as a way to express joy in the very simplest of things in life and as a way to help soldiers forget war and and people everywhere from suffering even if only for a short time.
“In 1943, Dorie Cooper was a 7 year old living in England. Her mother took her to a hospital in to visit her uncle who was wounded in the war. While they were there, Dorie’s uncle was very distraught, having lost his right leg to a land mine. In an attempt to cheer him up, she asked him “Draw a bird for me, please” Even though he was unwell, he decided to do as Dorie asked. He looked out his window and drew a picture of a robin.
After seeing her uncle’s bird picture, Dorie laughed out loud and proclaimed that he was not a very good artist, but that she would hang the picture in her room nonetheless. Her uncle’s spirits were lifted by his niece’s complete honesty and acceptance. Several other wounded soldiers also had their day brightened by the event and every time Dorie came to visit thereafter, they held drawing contests to see who could produce the best bird pictures. Within several months, the entire ward’s walls were decorated by bird drawings.
3 years later, Dorie was killed after being struck by a car. At her funeral, her coffin was filled with bird images that had been made by soldiers, nurses and doctors from the ward where her uncle had been. Ever since then, those men and women remembered the little girl that brought hope to the ward by drawing birds on her birthday, April 8th. ( from the site :http://www.dabday.com/ )”
Follow Draw a Bird Day Facebook page too!
Want to learn to draw birds? Join me as I guide you in class creating several and applying them to a card or bookmark.
April 8, 2107 in my Portersville PA Studio.All supplies provided.$10.