Owl Painting

Owl Painting Activity

See more activities in: Second Grade, Fall

Make an owl painting with your child to get ready for Halloween! Create an adorable autumn landscape by creating a watercolor background, then adding a layer of tempera paint. Handprint owls add a personal touch. This owl painting is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the technique of layering images, and will help him begin to understand the interesting visual effects layering produces. 

What You Need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolors
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes
  • Tempera paint
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Ask your child to paint water all over the watercolor paper using a brush. It should be wet, but not puddling with water.
  2. While the paper is wet, ask her to paint the background using watercolors to create the autumn sky. Let dry completely.
  3. Have her use the pencil to draw a moon and the branches of her tree.
  4. Have her paint in the moon using watered-down, white tempera paint. If she wants a stronger-looking moon, she can just use pure, undiluted tempera.
  5. Ask her to paint two branches using tempera paint. Let dry.
  6. Help your child paint one of her hands with brown tempera paint and press it down on the paper. Turn the landscape upside down so that the top portion is facing your child. This will make positioning the handprints much easier. Ideally, her fingers should be positioned so the palm of her hand is right above a branch.
  7. Repeat step 6 with the opposite hand on a different branch. Allow the owl bodies to dry.
  8. Have her paint in her owl's eyes, and its beak.
  9. Hang up the owl picture landscape in celebration of the arrival of autumn! 
Updated on Oct 17, 2013
Printable Workbooks from
Find a printable workbook to go along with this fun activity. See Workbooks
See more activities in: Second Grade, Fall
Add your own comment
DIY Worksheets
Make puzzles and printables that are educational, personal, and fun!
Matching Lists
Quickly create fun match-up worksheets using your own words.
Word Searches
Use your own word lists to create and print custom word searches.
Crossword Puzzles
Make custom crossword puzzles using your own words and clues.
See all Worksheet Generators

Washington Virtual Academies

Tuition-free online school for Washington students.