So, I saw this lesson on Mrs. Knight’s Smartest Artists Art Education blog. See link http://dolvinartknight.blogspot.com/2012/11/clay-thumb-owl-sculptures-2nd-grade.html 
She saw it on Artsmudge another Art Education Blog http://www.artsmudge.com/2011/05/clay-thumb-owls/
I love sharing on connecting online with my Professional Learning Network. Even though we basically taught the same lesson all of the owls turned out very unique.
We used white clay. Greenware to bisque was at 04 on slow. Bisque to glaze firing was 06 on fast. We use Stroke N Coat glazes.

Side note, I love creating owls. 1965 and I were both Chi Omegas at the University of Georgia. Chi O symbol is an owl…so yeah, I am partial to this type of lesson with this subject matter 😉
Art Club is a less formal time for kids to create this year in class. We have it 2x a week during 8th period. I have placed several owl videos in the blog for kids to get a feel of just how owls act.
I had to laugh at my 1 R2D2. Directions were to create a clay owl. This guy wasn’t feeling an owl, so he busted out some Star Wars. Ok, I can live with that…he turned out pretty cute! I just giggle everytime I think about it …Happy Friday, 1969

I just love these second grade owls.  Some of them made me “hoot and holler” out loud.  The project took 2 class periods. 
  
Directions:
The kids painted the background paper.
I cut out a stencil in the shape of an owl.
The kids sponged the owl stencil that I had cut out.
Then, they used spouncers to make snowflakes.
After the owl had dried, they put details on the owl with oil pastels.

“Who, Who,” said the owl.

Here’s The Who singing “Who Are You?”
1965