All About Owls and How to Sketch Them

In this video below, you’ll learn about the biology and anatomy of owls with a focus on the Barn Owl, Tyto alba.

Then I’ll lead you in sketching your very own realistic owl using simple graphite pencils. This workshop is a recording of a live event from the 2020 celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.

You’ll also hear from Lisa Sorenson from the conservation organization BirdsCaribbean, who will share some of the activities her organization does to education the public about birds and their work to conserve birds throughout the Caribbean islands.

You may download the high-resolution images for sketching practice at the links below the video.


CLICK HERE to download your high-resolution owl image (as seen below). Christine uses this image in her step-by-step demonstration.

Sketching the Great Horned Owl

Learn how to sketch a Great Horned Owl inside my ‘Spooky Nature’ workshop series I filmed during the Halloween season. Click here to register for free.  Then download your high-resolution owl image to follow along to the tutorial.


More Bird Resources on this Website

Here are some more stories, videos, and bird sketching resources I’ve written.

World Penguin Day

All About Whooping Cranes

How to Sketch Barn Owls

World Migratory Bird Day and Why Birds Migrate

My Costa Rica Birding Big (sketching) Day

Tips for Sketching Birds

How to Sketch Kestrels

Celebrate Vultures

How to Draw Hummingbirds

Identifying Warblers in the Spring

The American Dipper

How to Sketch Parrots

Autumnal Recrudescence

How to Draw Bluebirds

A Black-headed Grosbeak Nest (video)

Kid’s Bird Coloring Pages

Blue-winged Warbler



If you’d like to learn more about birds and how to sketch and paint them, check out my online courses including:

– Stick Figures to Songbirds in Sixty Minutes

– Sketching Backyard Birds for Beginners

– Sketching Neotropical Birds: my newest course which comes bundled with the previous two and so gives you the best deal!