I surprised my painting class with a pair of live Solomon Island Eclectus parrots, and their owners, this week. Dolly and Pretty Boy were great models, perched on the back of a chair - they looked around, made a few interesting sounds, and sat under the spot light provided. I think our cavernous classroom was a bit cooler than they prefer, so they huddled, and puffed themselves up. After an hour, they took a 15-minute lunch break while my students strolled about and looked at the other easels. Then Dolly and Pretty Box got "back to work" for another hour; leaving us time for a critique at the end of the class. Each interpretation of the two lovely birds was fascinating.
Hoping Dolly and Pretty Boy can visit again soon.