I have loved watching my 5th graders study and draw these amazing owls. They drew from a photograph, part of our "drawing from observation" unit. I don't usually do drawing from photos, and I would have rather been at the zoo drawing, but this is the next best thing!
We started with a pre-pencil drawing on white paper, just a warm up.
They then drew their owl on black paper with white chalk.
I showed them how to blend colors and overlap light and darks.
I encouraged them (bribed?) to please fill in ALL of their background. Realistic or fantasy.
They were constantly reminded to look at the photographs for details.
They were also free to add in creative touches and make the bird and background their own.
Some looked to warm and cool colors for their inspiration.
Others imagined what could be in the picture with the owl.
Every child's was special.
Each of them had their own personality.
I loved how they showed a change in value with the oil pastels.
Some students kept the owl's colors realistic, what they saw in the photograph.
Some artists expanded on what they saw in the photograph.
We are making clay owls next! Can't wait!