Lesson Objectives: To make an Owl using different textures and mixed media.

Time Required: Two sessions:  One 1 hour and Second session 25 minutes            

Artist: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen,  Illustrated by John Schoenherr  (book)

Materials (Day 1):

  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Paint (orange, brown, white and black)
  • Paintbrush
  • Construction paper: brown (With the brown paper you can outline a big oval for the body and a smaller brown circle for the head.)
  • Different types of paper: wall paper, crimped paper, different textured paper in earth tones (Check Textures bin and Wallpaper bin in EA room.)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks and glue 

Materials (Day 2):

  • Feathers (Check the Textures bin in the EA room)
  • Glue
  • Glue gun
  • Stick from the garden
  • Black 12×18 construction paper


            Read the book to the students. Point out how the illustrator uses texture in his paintings. Show the characteristics of owls: feathers, big eyes, etc.

Procedure, Session 1:

            1. Cut out your eyes and beak from the egg carton in one piece. Try to get the little triangles above the eyes so it looks more like an Owl. Each carton should give you five sets.

            2. Paint the inside of the eyes white, paint the beak of the Owl orange and then use the brown paint to outline the eyes and the back of the eyes.

            3. While the eyes are drying, pick out some textured paper and cut out feathers. You will need at least 18 feathers to layer for the body.

            4. When finished with the feathers cut out the circle outline for the head and oval outline for the body. Write names on the back. Put together and save for next session. 

Procedure, Session 2:

            1. Using a glue stick, glue the paper feathers and some real feathers on the Owl’s body, starting from the bottom and layering to the top. 

            2. Glue the body on the black sheet of paper (towards the bottom to have room for the head). Stick in two long feathers (for arms) behind the body. Glue the head on top, placing it a little over the top of the body.

            3. Glue down the eyes using Elmer’s Glue for to hold.

            4. Parents: hot glue the stick on the bottom of the Owl.