National Gallery at Home: Create your own birds of a feather!

Painting of birds
Edward Henry Murphy (c.1796-1841), Paroquets, c.1830. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.Credit

Follow along with this easy video to create your own colourful bird!

Our Education team are bringing some of their family workshops to you online so that you can get creative at home! Follow the steps in the video below, made by Brina from our Education team and her sons Aedh and Nevan. They were inspired by Edward Murphy's painting Paroquets which features a scarlet macaw, a white Moluccan cockatoo and, in the background, a green ring-necked parakeet.

You can share your creations with us on our online channels using #NationalGalleryIRLAtHome, or email them to us at [email protected] - we'd love to see how you get on.

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National Gallery of Ireland at Home

Create your own birds of a feather!


What you will need


  • Some card
  • Coloured paper
  • A pencil
  • Colouring materials, such as crayons, markers, colouring pencils etc.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • A stick or twig
  • Some ribbon or twine


  1. Begin by looking looking closely at Edward Murphy's painting Paroquets, aboveNotice the different colours of feathers, the various body shapes, and how some birds have large crests on their heads, while others have long tails. You can also look up different species of birds in books or online.
  2. Sketch the outline shapes of the birds on your card and cut them out.
  3. Use your crayons or markers to colour in your birds.
  4. Use your coloured paper to create dramatic tail feathers or crests to decorate your birds.
  5. Glue these feathers and crests to your bird.
  6. Attach ribbon to your birds and then hang them on the twig.


Thanks to Aedh and Nevan Casey-McCoy.

This activity, which would normally have taken place in the Maples Group Creative Space, is now brought to you online.

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