How to Draw an Owl Teacher

Beautiful, mysterious, and oh-so-smart, it is no wonder that owls remain a hugely popular figure in cultures around the world. These beautiful birds are often shrouded in mystery, associated with the darkness of night, the spirit of spooky stories, and the subtlety of their silent flight.

With over 200 species found across the globe – Antarctica is the only region where you cannot find an owl nestled in the trees – there is plenty to celebrate about these stunning creatures and their amazing super senses: owls are famous for their amazing hearing, and ability to pick a mouse out of the bush from several yards away.

They are also super smart, and so we expect they would make great teachers! Want to picture it? Read on to craft your own creation.


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Step-By-Step Instructions

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Get a blank sheet of paper and a pencil. Begin around two thirds across the page, and around one third of the way up from the bottom. Start by drawing a “figure 8” shape, laying on its side – like an infinity symbol. Next, fill in both of the circles you have now created with a series of smaller circles, each of these decreasing in size as you move towards the center. The two “inner circles” should be on either edge – almost so that they are “looking” at one another.


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Move to the top of the inner circle, and draw a small, semicircle at the top of each shape. These should both be just slightly off-center, as though the eyes are looking upwards.


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Next, draw another set of semicircles at the bottom of the inner circle, roughly in line with the shapes at the top.


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Join these two sets of semicircles with a circle in the middle of each eye.


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Now, move to the bottom of the shape, and to the space in the center of your “figure 8”. Here, draw a small triangle, with the point pointing downwards.


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On either side of the “figure 8”, draw two chevron shapes. Follow this with a parallel line beneath each shape, and join the two ends so that you have a solid “chevron” on either side.


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Return to the bottom of the shape, beneath the triangle you drew earlier. Just underneath this “nose”, add a cheery bow tie – an essential for any owl teacher!


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Now, enclose the “figure 8” shape and the upside down triangle into a rounded oval. The lines of the two chevrons should extend slightly past this circle on either side, and the bow tie should be alone the bottom edge. You now have a head!


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Add the body by drawing another half circle shape below the first…


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…And a little detail by drawing another half circle inside this one, to create the tummy of your owl teacher.


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Add a little more detail – make a few small, “U” shaped marks inside the tummy circle to create some feathers for your owl.


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Next, add the feet to the bottom of the body, by drawing two small, upside down crossed descending from the lower line of the body.


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Now it is time to add those all-important “ears” – remember; owls have excellent hearing. Fun fact: the “ears” we are about to draw are actually just tufts of feathers; the real ears are on the side of the owls head! Add a tuft to each side.


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Move to the right hand side, towards the bottom of the owl’s head, and draw a curve in a downwards direction, ending roughly level with the top of the owl’s belly. At this point, move horizontally to the left, and use a bumpy line to connect the wing to the main body.


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Now head to the same height on the left hand side, and draw a long curve, extending out to the left. At the end of the line, curve downwards in a “C” shape for around an inch (2.5 cm). Draw a small flattened oval just beneath, with another, slightly smaller shape, beneath this first one. Finally, connect the bottom oval to the body with a shorter curved line – this is your second wing.


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Every teacher needs a pointer, so head to the left hand wing, and draw two long, parallel lines just inside the top of the wing. Begin your lines from the bottom of the “ear tufts”, down to be roughly in line with the bottom of the body. Keep them at around a 30 degree angle, and join with a flat line at the bottom, and a point at the tip.


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Gently erase the lines where the pointer crosses the left hand wing.


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Draw a large rectangle behind your owl, making sure he is positioned to the right hand side. There should be around an inch (2.5 cm) above the head, and two inches (5 cm) to the right hand side. This will be your blackboard.


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Add a border to your board by drawing another rectangle just outside the first.


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Now head to the bottom of the board, and add a few details: draw a rectangle with rounded ends for your eraser, and a smaller rectangle for the chalk – these do not have to be perfect shapes!


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Add some detail to your eraser with small circles inside the shape.


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Add a sum (2 + 2 = 4) to your board to show how well the owl teacher can teach!


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Next is time for some color; add a warm brown shade to the belly and head of your owl with a beige marker. Leave the eyes empty for now, but shade in the inside of the glasses up to the edge of the eyes.


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Add a darker brown shade to the tufts on top of the head with a brown marker…


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Add the same shade to the right hand wing…


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And to the left hand wing, leaving the pointer blank for the moment.


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Finally, add the same darker shade to the top of the body, leaving the bow tie blank.


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Then add a little detail to your blackboard, by filling in the frame with the same dark brown shade.


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Fill in the frames of the glasses with a bright red marker…


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And add the same cheerful shade to the bow tie!


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Next, fill in the eraser with a bright, cheerful yellow marker.


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Moving back to the eyes, add a green color to the outside ring with a marker. Leave the top, bottom and center circles empty for the moment.


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Fill in the pupils – the black circle right in the very middle – with a strong, bold black marker.


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Now, outline the edges of the eyes inside the glasses with a black liner, using a thin black line to circle the outlines and help the eyes to really stand out.


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Using the same fine black, add an outline around the edge of the owl’s glasses, making sure that they really stand out…


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And then outline the shape of the head and the “ear” tufts on top.


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Outline the vibrant bow tie in the same fine black line…


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Before adding the same detail to the body, and the outline of the owl’s tummy. The owl itself should now have started looking really sharp and clear.


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Add detail to the feathers with the black liner.


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And then outline the feet so they are crisp and clear.


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Now time to add some definition to the wings. Start by outlining the right wing with a bold, black line…


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And repeat this on the left hand wing so that the whole body is sharp and clearly defined.


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Don’t forget the pointer – the teacher’s most important tool! Add a clear black outline using your pen, so the students can see where the teacher is pointing.


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Now it is time to add some definition to the board – carefully outline the entire rectangle with a sharp black line, and follow this with an outline for the inner frame.


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Add a little definition to your eraser and chalk, including the details inside the eraser…


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And, of course, make sure that the sum itself is clearly outlined in black so that the numbers are easy to read – even for students at the back of the classroom!


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Fill in the blackboard with a black marker. And voila! You now have your very own owl teacher, ready to conduct a lesson!


Now that you have the skills to create your very own owl teacher, the only limit is your imagination – will you create an entire school, or put your owl into a different profession altogether? The more you practice your skills, the more confident you will become, so make sure you keep drawing!

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