Oil Pastel Owl Art Lesson


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.

Art Supplies:

  • 12″ x 18″ white paper
  • Oil pastels
  • 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.

A watercolor wash acted as a basic resist giving the drawing a night-time feel.

Sixth Grade Owl Drawings

Oil Pastel Owl Gallery

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  • Mary

    I love the variety here! At this age some kids really want to go for realism, while others prefer cartoon. Just look at the difference between the wonderful abstract multi-colored first owl and the beautifully detailed owl in the middle. Great lesson!

  • Marilena Linardatou

    The drawings are so beautiful.
    I love the colors and patterns.

  • dolunay

    burada her şey renkli eğlenceli ve öğretici..baykuşlar çok güzel olmuş…

  • Ailish

    Did you use oil pastels for the whole drawing and was it done on watercolour paper?

  • Christina Gargano

    Hi! Do you have a lesson plan for this one?

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