This has been a nice school week, and we were able to fit in another owl art project today.
What's with the owls you may well ask.
My Nana, my maternal grandmother, who I loved I dearly had a small collection of owls. She liked the look of them. As it goes with grandmas once it was discovered she liked owls everyone began buying them. She was gracious about it but I know that she would have prefered to just have her two or three originals. When she passed away, over twenty years ago, my mother inherited the collection and on occasion would add to it. My mother loves collections of tchotchkes and was happy to have the owls. I am not such a fan of hundreds of little figurines but now owls happily remind me of my Nana and her joyful appreciation of life.
Someday I'm getting that collection. As well as about 150 Precious Moments and a whole lot of Hummels. For a lot of reasons, I prefer not to think about it too much.
So in the meantime I make some owls appear here temporarily.
This project was culled from the wonderful resource Art Projects for Kids. In that fun box of art supplies from Dick Blick there were several boxes of pastels which is a medium that was new to us. So I looked for pastel projects on the website and lo and behold there was symmetrical owl.
Here's how it went….
We folded an 8.5×11 piece of paper in half lengthwise and drew a simple owl shape and cut it out. Then we centered the template on a 11×17 piece of black construction paper. The kids traced around the owl and then outlined the shape in black pastel. They drew in features with the black and them colored and shaded.
Kelli went for a snowy owl look. I asked them to be realistic in their colors.
Not as realistic but his finished eyes were great. (Kevin)
Katie and Kevin's owls.
Kelli and Erin's. Kelli added the little tree and now it reminds me of that owl in the tootsie pop commercial (I just totally dated myself there).
This whole project was under a half hour and the results were really excellent. You should give it a try.
Have a blessed evening, see you soon.