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Owl Reflections

Owl Reflections
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This lesson introduces students to basic printmaking concepts as well as watercolor resist techniques. Owls are the theme.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater and Therese (Terri) Jodouin [Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt.com, Terri is an artist and art teacher.]

What You Need:

  • White paper (computer paper is fine; legal size is best)
  • Crayons (or oil pastels)
  • Blue tempera or watercolor paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black poster board to mount completed artwork (optional)

What You Do:

Talk about owls and view photographs of owls.

Tell students that they will be creating a picture of an owl sitting on a branch, at the edge of a lake.

Demonstrate the following technique:

  1. Fold the paper in half width wise and reopen it.
  2. The drawing will be created above the fold, on the top portion of the paper.
  3. Using a dark colored crayon, draw a branch for the owl to sit on. Place this branch near the fold in the paper.
  4. Again, using a dark colored, crayon, draw an owl sitting on the branch. Focus on the basic shapes of the owl. The owl’s head is shaped like a heart, or a kidney bean. The owl’s body is shaped like an upside down teardrop.
  5. Using a dark colored crayon, draw the outline of a moon behind the owl’s head (see diagram).
  6. Go over all of your lines, making sure that they are nice and heavy.
  7. Fill the moon in with yellow, pressing hard.
  8. Lightly color in the owl with brown or black crayon.
  9. Fold the paper over.
  10. Press hard so that the crayon makes an impression.
  11. Open the paper.
  12. You should see a “reflection” of the owl, branch and moon on the bottom half of the page.
  13. Enhance lines where needed.
  14. Paint over the picture with blue watercolor or watery tempera paint.
  15. Let dry.

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See photos of this lesson plan on Mrs. Smith’s Blog
http://artwithmrssmith.blogspot.com/2010/08/owl-reflections.html

 


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