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Whoo, Whooo, loves Owls?

I am totally smitten with Owls lately. I would create owls all day long if I could! 
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3rd graders created these large owls inspired by Ginger over at Paintbrush Rocket.  
I love these and wanted to put my own spin on her fun project.
 Class One:
First, students used a tracer to create the owl. I know some people don’t like using the tracers but this class needed the shape to get them started. 

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Next we discussed how to create patterned lines using our scissors. Zig-Zag, Wavy, Straight etc., and then students glued them into the owl’s stomach area.

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Class 2:
Students created large eyes and placed them on the 
head of the Owl. Next came the beak and claws.
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We discussed briefly, the texture found on Owls- feathers.
Using oil pastels, students drew short marks 
resembling the feathers. 
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Lastly, students used paint and the dry brush technique.  
I stressed to keep their paint on the tip of the brush to
 create the feather look. 
Some students really loved mixing colors on their owl’s wings. 
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Love seeing these big guys hanging around!

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Keep on Creating!

Laura 🙂

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8 Comments

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    diditeach
    October 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    I love owls, we painted some earlier in Sept. These are gorgeous, will definitely file away for next time. I would create owls each art class but better move on:)
    Thanks for sharing a lovely lesson, brought a smile to my face !

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    Elizabeth - Dream Painters
    October 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Aren't they gorgeous? I think owls just have that universal appeal, maybe it's the eyes 🙂 They make a great group display! When the focus of the lesson is an element or technique other than drawing I also often use a template (perhaps the crescent head shape) to get the kids started and on the right track size-wise. I only get one lesson to complete a whole project (no way to store or carry work over to another lesson), so if I drew from scratch every lesson that's all we'd ever do!

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    Mrs. C
    October 11, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Owls are so popular lately! These are sooo cute!!! 🙂

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    Anna Pietrolungo, Essendon North Primary School
    October 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I absolutely love the owls! So much fun.

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    Prairie Mother
    October 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Those are awesome!! I just love the way you used the decorative scissors. Funny, I just finished an owl the other day too…and I'm not even that in to owls!

    http://www.prairiemother-prairiemother.blogspot.com/2012/10/paper-collage-owl.html

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    Artteacher11
    October 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Very nice lesson! I taught my 3rd graders how to make ceramic owls last year, and as inspiration, we borrowed actual specimens of a Horned Owl and a Spotted Owl from our local natural history museum. There is a wealth of information that they are willing to loan to schools!

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    Paintbrush Rocket
    October 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Awesome!!!

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    Wendi Bushehry
    December 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I am so doing this today with my pre-k, I will prepare but they will cut and glue and paint!

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