I do these owls around Halloween in the fall, but they are a great project anytime.
The basic owl is easy to draw, and we keep it simple by painting in tempera directly on colored construction paper. This makes it a faster project to complete because the kids neither do an under painting nor paint the background.
The children learn about owls and look at pictures of a variety of owls in North America. I find the kids are so interested in learning about the “ear” tufts and other fun facts about the owls and their differences. Science + art! I encourage the children to select a specific owl and paint its eyes, beak, and feathers like what they see.
All that’s left is to add something for the owl to perch on, and maybe a moon, a witch or whatever else! This is a good project for young kids who are new to painting.
Time Required: 45-60 minutes.
The 15-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Fun Facts About Owls + Word Wall (with Definitions)
-Recommended Books + Supplies
-Photo Tutorial for Drawing and Painting
-Student Gallery, Grades 1-2
-Reference Photos of 6 Owls of North America
-How to Draw an Owl, Step-by-Step
-Handout for Drawing the Owl and Moon
-Line Drawings of 4 Owls
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