I sometime do a owl project with my 1st graders. And I seem to do it different every year. One thing I have been thinking about is that sometime I or we as art teachers don't let the students just be creative. You know we tell them what to draw and how to color it so it looks certain way. While for this I did show them how to draw and color the background. But then it came owl I showed them how to draw them but they could color them anyway they like. They turned out really good. I was very happy with there work.