Drawing With Kids: Whimsical Owl Project by @ThriveArtClass


My kids love to draw, but I can’t even draw a straight line!

Has your child ever asked you how to draw something and you froze? So many of us stopped drawing long ago, before learning the skills necessary to go beyond basic stick figures. The good news is that you don’t need to be an expert draftsman to help your child create what they want onto paper. And it’s not too late for you, either! Drawing is like any subject, everyone can learn how to do it.

This drawing project of a whimsical owl is great for kids and adults alike, and works with whatever art materials you’ve got at home. Owls are perfect for using lots of the fall colors your kids are seeing in nature, but don’t feel stuck keeping things realistic! Tons of artists use owls as a creative design, adding their own imaginative patterns and playful, bright colors.


Drawing With Kids Whimsical Owl Project


  • Sturdy, smooth paper (like white card stock)
  • Permanent black pen
  • Markers
  • Optional additional supplies: colored pencils, glitter glue
  • Note: If you’d rather do this with watercolors or other paint, just use watercolor paper instead!


1. Talk with your kids a little bit about owls, if they’re curious. This can get them excited about what they’re doing, and help them think of ideas for how to decorate the drawing. Owls live in almost all parts of the world, and are nocturnal. Most can fly silently, and their large eyes help them see in the dark. Since they can’t move their eyes like we do, their heads turn really far – so far they don’t even need to move their body to see behind them!

2. Take a little time to warm up with some scratch paper. You can practice by trying out some pieces of the picture, like the eyes or feet.


3. Start by doing the curvy “V” in the owl’s head, in the top half of your paper. This will help you build the shape of the owl’s face!


4. Add little points at the ends of the “V”, then connect them with a curve for the top of the head. Use two connected curves for the bottom of the face.

5. Follow the steps in the picture, adding your beak, eyes, body and feet one piece at a time. Save your wings and tail for last, after you’ve outlined a branch for your owl to sit on.

6. Keep going! Think of some fun details to add to your background, if you want, and then fill in your colors with markers. Once you’ve filled everything in, try using colored pencils on top of the marker to add extra details, or add some sparkle with a light coat of glitter glue!

Encourage older kids to add patterns and layered colors to show details like feathers and the textures of the talons, branch, etc.  For younger kids, you can use a simpler version that skips the feet and focuses on more basic shapes.

Check out how Sophia, age 8, used this lesson concept and basic shapes to make her wonderful artwork!


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About Author

Theresa Harris is founder of Thrive: Online Art Classes for Kids.  Each of Thrive’s online classes include half a dozen 30 minute video art lessons that can be taken on an Ipad, laptop or tablet. Parent resources like coaching videos and tips for setting up a creative space are also included. Click here to try a FREE class.

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