Monday, July 11, 2011

Painting Owls…

I don’t know about you, but I do love owls (especially colorful ones).  I have been sucked into all the cute art and jewelry there is out there.  I even started an owl board on my Pintrest account. 

I was at a school book fair and ran across this book…
Little White Owl
It is a cute little story about a lonely white owl who meets a group of colorful owls.  At first the colorful owls don’t know what to think because the white owl is “different,” but they soon learn to be friends.  I like the the patterns in the colorful owls.

I read this story to my 1st graders and then we drew a simple owl together on 12x18 paper.  I showed the kids how to make different eyes and beaks.  Once they had their drawing done, I had them outline their owl in black oil pastel.  Then students started painting with tempera cakes.

The next class period they finished painting with tempera cakes.  Then I gave them a variety of regular tempera paint.  Students added details and designs to their pictures. 
I was happy with the cute results.  Each owl seems to have it’s own personality.  My 1st graders always love painting :)


  1. These owls are so cute.
    The colors are beautiful.
    Your 1st graders did a great job

  2. LOVE these colorful owls.I am also a sucker for any bird related art project.The book looks adorable. I'm going to see if I can get one used from Amazon.Thanks for the post!

  3. That looks like an adorable book. Great lesson!

  4. Love the project! I will have to check out that book. I hope you are enjoying your summer-and hopefully there will be another Art teacher session for the County Wide Inservice this year! Would love to catch up with you and share more ideas again this year!! Enjoy your time off!

  5. I love that book too! Your students did a wonderful job on their owls. I have a question. Why did you switch from tempera cakes to liquid tempera? I am just beginning my investigation of tempera cakes and was curious. Thanks!

  6. Thanks everyone! Pat, I had the kids finish with regular tempera because I could offer more colors and they layered better on top on the tempera cakes.

  7. Those turned out soooo cute and great colors! Love art related to books!


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