This is a great project for kids to explore watercolors, focusing on hue as well as saturation. Children can discus the emotive qualities of the book “The Barn Owl”
- Barn Owl Template & Poem
- Blue Construction Paper (Large)
- Watercolor Paint
- Popsicle Sticks
Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:
Art Project Tutorial:
Barn Owl Template
Print this template and poetry for each child.
Cut your owl window out and set aside.
Talk with children about mixing colors. We're going to make a dark blue and a golden rod yellow. Mix brown with blue, and orange and yellow.
Use the dark blue paint to paint a cloudy sky at the top of your construction paper. (We're using large sheets of paper)
Use the golden rod color to make wheat. across the bottom to make the wheat "dance" in the wind.
Here is what your sheet will look like. Set it aside to dry.
Start to paint on your Owl Window template. Using watercolors and a little bit of orange, paint the surrounding area of the barn owls face. face.
Then use a bit of red to paint around the barn window.
Use some watered down golden rod to paint the inside of the barn. Show children how to use water to change the saturation of the color.
Here is how your owl looks now
Optional: Use some Popsicle sticks to frame the barn window.
You can even paint your sticks red to match the redwood theme
Cut out your poem, or make your own and add it to your project. (The printable poem is above in the materials list)
You can even use paint on some of the words in the poem!