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Personified Owls

This personified owl painting project from our 5-9 yr. old classes was so adorable with his human-like features.

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

We thought it would be fun and different to draw owls with small wise looking eyes vs. the typical oversized round eyes that kids are used to drawing.  The idea was to make them as human-like shaped as possible, which gave them unique features that seemed to give them a little personality – like a professor.

They drew the owl lightly with pencil first, then painted with a palette of muted tempera colors with very small brushes, making sure to paint each “section” a different color.  The paint is very chalky, so it dried quickly, allowing them to go back on top of their colors with contrasting lines & shapes, directly with their brush.

I also think what made these owls so endearing is their sideways pose, with their “cape” of wing feathers and little legs that make them look like they are wearing pantaloons.  Adorable!

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

Owl Painting Project // www.smallhandsbigart.com

3 COMMENTS
  1. Susie Humphrey-Johnson 5 months ago

    Owl pantaloons ! You’re the best!

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  2. Chris 2 months ago

    How did you prepare the muted paint? Did you premix it for them and then pour it into their pallets? Loving your site!

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    • Admin 2 months ago

      Hi there -thanks! We never use paint straight from the jar – we always pre-mix a bunch of colors! For these muted colors, we mix up a good gray, and we also use Blick’s tempera in “Peach” which is a really good “mixer” – just a dollop into a straight color, and it creates a nice muted color! Try it!

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