Black Bat Silhouette

Black Bat Silhouette lesson plan

Learn about bats and try out a new watercolor technique to create an original silhouette scene.

  • 1.

    Find information about bats. Where do they live? What do they eat? What do they look like? Describe their daily habits.

  • 2.

    Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Dip a Crayola® Watercolor Brush into clean water and wet a sheet of watercolor paper. Wet one color of Crayola Watercolors and load the brush with paint. Brush the color over the wet paper. Rinse your brush and add a second color, blending the colors together. Cover the entire page so the colors resemble a sunset. Dry.

  • 3.

    On dark construction paper, sketch silhouettes of bats, trees, houses, or other bat-related symbols with a white Crayola Erasable Colored Pencil. Using Crayola Scissors, cut them out and attach them to the picture with a Crayola Glue Stick.


  • LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built worlds.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • VA: Understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.


  • In small groups, students investigate the life of bats. Why are they considered valuable creatures and how can humans attract them? Why are bats feared by humans?
  • Some species of bats are registered as endangered. Students research several species that are endangered and investigate to see if there is any commonality as to why the populations are diminishing. Students prepare a summary of their research and pose possible steps for humans to take to protect the endangered species of bats.
  • Students create a second wet-on-wet watercolor background and allow it to dry. Draw silhouettes using black Crayola Markers.
  • Students alter the watercolors used for the background, thus illustrating a different time of the year or season.