Octavious the Owl Inspires Lower School Artists

Heidi Grace, Art Teacher
Remember the owl that visited Mrs. Glavick's Grade 4 classroom last fall? Ms. Grace, Annie Wright Art & Design Teacher, highlights how this sweet fellow inspired Lower School artists and IB Learner Profile concepts. 

In late autumn of 2020, Mrs. Glavick's Grade 4 class discovered a visitor outside of their classroom in the Great Hall. They named the owl Octavius. Many members of the Annie Wright community have since reported the majestic presence of our feathered friend around campus. 

As the Barred Owl made his way to the Lower School Art Studio, he discovered Annie Wright Schools' developing artists at work. Here is what Octavius observed:

Kindergarteners developed patience when they followed step by step instructions to practice illustration, watercolor, and sculpture. The artists compiled their work to create a final artistic production of Owls in Hollow Homes.

Grade 1 artists demonstrated self awareness as they considered who they are as individuals and how they contribute to the communities in which they participate. The artists intentionally conveyed their personal insights in their individual artistic productions of Self Portrait Owls.

Grade 2 artists practiced sketching techniques to portray their observations from nature into their visual representations. Artists captured the essence of their observations by adding colors that translate their individual experience while making observations in nature to produce their final creation of Sketched Natural Owls

Grade 3 artists learned to abandon the desire to finish their work quickly as they moved through multiple art sessions layering oil pastels to create texture and depth in their final productions of Owls with Oil Pastels

Grade 4 artists practiced the art of design and presentation, navigated time management, and independently constructed a dimensional mobile. Artists were invited to convey their individual art style with their Owls in Flight Mobiles

Grade 5 artists showed courage when they moved through the new art form of hollow structure sculpture using wire, tape, metal and cardboard. The artists then whirled through multiple sessions adding finishing painted details to their sculptures to create their Owlbriejes.


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.