It’s no secret that I love owls. Kids do, too. For this owl art lesson, I gave my sixth grade students a few “owl” options: a realistic owl, a whimsical owl or an owl in flight. I demonstrated basic drawing techniques for all three and provided a few black and white illustrations that I found on the internet.
For supplies, I kept it pretty simple: 12″ x 18″ white paper, oil pastels and a blue or black watercolor wash.
After watching my demos, kids selected their choice of owl and began drawing with an oil pastel. I encouraged light strokes until the owl began to take shape and then darken the oil pastel when lines became clear they were keepers.