Friday, September 24, 2010

Owl Projects Take 2

Here is a mixed media Owl project.  I can't even show you the finished project in it's entirety.....I need a large scale scanner...(I'll put that on my Christmas list)!

So this project is based on the Great Ga'Hoole tree.

Take some heavy sketch paper or watercolor paper and sketch out a tree.  We did ours to the side so we could get more owls in...

Paint in your night sky with some blue and black tempera mixed together.

As your sky goes down towards the horizon use lighter colors and more water.

While the sky is still wet you may want to lift out a moon.  I'm using a toonie but you can use any circular shape as long as it's flat on the school I often use the stacking cups.

Wrap in a kleenex....

Push down into the wet paint where you want it....

and lift off.....a perfect full moon shape.

If you want clouds around your moon use a paintbrush dipped in water and then make a few lines thru the moon pulling some of the paint thru.

Click on picture to see larger.

Continue painting in your sky and your Island of Hoole.

Leave to dry.

Take a variety of papers.  We used old book pages, corrugated cardboard, brown kraft paper and brown tissue paper.

  Apply some white glue (use a paintbrush as you don't need gobs of it) where your tree is and randomly attach papers into the shape.

As you are laying down the lighter papers you can squish them a bit to form the wrinkles and texture of the trunk.

You can sponge on some grass and bushes onto the island.  You can also add a bit of color to the tree trunk...we used watered down dark brown and black.

We decided to stamp on our Owls so I cut out some Owl shapes out of craft foam.

I then duct taped these to a narrow strip of cardboard bent up at the could also use scratch foam or potato.

Stamp in your shapes...we used black acrylic but you could use liquid tempera just as well.

I couldn't resist and added a few little owls flying to the tree with a Sharpie.

Using the end of a pencil, skewer, or even a paintbrush stamp in some yellow eyes.  I combined some yellow with "Glow in the Dark" paint...we'll see if it works.  I find the Glow in the Dark stuff a bit translucent.

Let dry and then add a black pupil.

That's it.

Remember these can find my PomPom Owl tutorial here.

and I still love these Macrame ones I did with Grade 4..check out this post for all the directions.

We'll see you next week!


  1. Wow, this looks great! We are going to make some today. And then we'll go see the movie. I love the macrame owls, too! Thanks for showing them again.
    have a great weekend!

  2. So fabulous! I just finished cutting out the eyes from egg cartons, but I might have to rethink the "owl" art project for next week!!

  3. This is fabulous! I'm a first grade teacher and I we're just starting a unit on owls... I can't wait to try these out! Thank you!

  4. NICE- I love owls too! I posted a thought on my art blog on "Batik" owls.

    Enjoy, Lori

  5. If you have time, check out our islands!
    thanks again!

  6. I found this while looking for art projects for my kids, and I must I how wonderful this is! I just love it.