Saturday, February 23, 2013

1st Grade Owls - Pattern & Texture

My first grades just finished up some really cute owls.  The inspiration came from some cute patterned owls from The Elementary Art Room.  This lesson covered several things...  We reviewed drawing with shapes to create the owls, they added patterns to the bodies, then learned about visual and tactile texture and incorporated them into their backgrounds.  This lesson took us three 40 minute classes to complete.  During the first class the kids drew their owls.  I demonstrated several ways to draw their owls and discussed patterns using lines, shapes and colors.   The students drew them out in pencil, outlined them with black marker and added their patterns with construction paper crayons.

In the second class I discussed visual and tactile texture with my first graders.  I showed them how to use our rubbing plates to create a visual texture in their skies.  Rubbing plates are always a fan favorite!  I gave them Crayola Color Sticks to do their rubbings.  I purchased a class pack for this school year and had not used them yet.  They are excellant for rubbings!  The colors are bright, they go on easily without a lot of pressure and best of all did not have to peel a thousand wrappers off of them! 

To create the bark texture in their trees I had the students draw into their paint with the opposite end of their paint brush while the paint was still wet.  They loved the process and it made a nice tactile texture when the paint was dry.  

In our third class the kids glued on their owls, had a chance to add some green leaves (if they wanted to) with some painted paper scraps and students who were behind for one reason or another got a chance to catch up.  


The children loved their finished owls and couldn't wait to take them home! 


  1. This is my sort of lesson. Your class has experienced a lot of skills in this one piece of art. I tried scratching into paint, with wax crayon underneith, with average results. Your idea of flipping your brush over and scratching while the paint is wet is great.

    1. It was really easy! We used regular drawing paper and tempera paint. I told the kids to work a section at a time because the paint had to be wet when they drew into it. I have fancy paint scrapers but decided using the end of their brush would be easier . Thanks for stopping by! :)