Katie’s Moulin Rouge bird box has been complicated to make due to compound angles for both the roof and the sides (but especially for the roof). Luckily Katie proved to be a bit of a maths whizz in calculating the sizes of the triangles and the proportions of the bird box are extremely striking and sure to make a great artwork.
The inspiration for my bird box is from the film, Moulin Rouge. I am recreating the windmill. With sails, the body and design.
The windmill, will be the colour of a very deep red, with black details for the windows. The roof will be a very dirty colour of grey.
The reason that I chose to do the Moulin Rouge windmill is because I am a huge fan of the movie and I thought that the shape and design of the body would be a perfect size for the birds to inhabit. It has a very tall and sturdy structure to it.
Moulin Rouge bird box plan
wind mill in t’mill
Discovery Sunday at RSPB Dove Stone reservoir promised to be a great day but the British weather had other plans. We set off into a spring like morning and were joined by a few intrepid early risers to decorate an Art Bird and make a nest box. But the rain and wind slowly crept across the hills, hiding the peregrines on Dove Stone Quarry and forcing us to shelter under our hastily erected gazebo. Then the snow set in. By lunchtime we realised our gazebo wasn’t built for the suddenly arctic conditions and decided we’d better call it a day and make a swift exit before we froze.
Well done to the brave few who joined us to decorate an Art Bird and make a nest box and we hope to return for a full day in Summer. Meanwhile how’s about abirdigloo for the resident penguins?
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 02
Need a bigger abirdabode
I think it might snow!
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 01
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 04
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 05
Discovery Sunday Art Bird 06
DSYR returned to Woodend Mill for another art bird box making session and despite the distraction of Mugly in a cone of shame achieved a good amount of creative work.
Painting continued apace for everyone and T-Jay got stuck in sticking timber joist details (stirring sticks from a local coffee shop) onto his Globe Theatre bird box. He looked to be regretting deciding to add so much details at some points and in need of a coffee himself. Tori added an authetic Shire map to the roof of her hobbit home and Eve’s pop art went bang with some beautiful freehand calligraphic brushwork. Holly revealed her drawing skills by showing her preparatory sketchbook work and Lily dazzled us with her decorative painting skills on Iron Man’s armour.
We reckon all the boxes will be finished next week, great timing for showing off as part of National Nest Box Week at Discovery Sunday at Dove Stone Reservoir on 22nd February.
Jacqui checks the progress
Vinyls and triangle
Tiny timber details
Cone of shame
Sketch book briliant
Greg goes green
Pop art goes bang!
Iron out the details
My own fault!
Open the box
Not a Welsh dragon then?
wind mill in t’mill
We are thrilled to be working with the RSPB for their first Discovery Sunday event of 2015 so join us for a fun day out at Dove Stone Reservoir as part of the 16th Annual National Nest Box Week and help give a bird an abode.
On Sunday 22nd Feb the RSPB and abirdabode project artists are joining forces at Ashway Gap to help you to give a bird a home.
Join us between 11am – 3pm for activities that include:
- Making a simple nest box for your garden*
- Decorating a bird silhouette to become part of the abirdabode exhibition at Gallery Oldham
- Learn about nest boxes and helping birds in your garden
- Get a sneak preview of some of the amazing abirdabode Art Birdboxes made by Oldham groups
- Chat to the RSPB experts about local conservation
- Get a glimpse of the resident Peregrine Falcons as they start their nest building **
Discovery Sunday runs from 11am to 3pm at Ashway Gap picnic area, about half way round the main trail. Parking is available. It is a drop-in event, the art activities are free, but there is a charge to make your own nest box (£5 for non RSPB members, £4 for members).
To help support the event you can download, print and display your own poster here.
Click here for directions to the reservoir and more info on RSPB Dove Stone.
All activities are weather dependent and may have to be cancelled at short notice in the event of severe conditions like snow or ice.
* We only have limited kits available so this activity is on a first come first served basis.
** Peregrine activities cannot be guaranteed and may be replaced by other birds without prior notice