Black Bat Silhouette

Black Bat Silhouette lesson plan

Learn about bats and try out a new watercolor technique as you 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 your 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.


  • Students research the habitats, habits, shapes, colors, and sizes of bats.
  • Students recognize that silhouettes can be used in various forms of artwork.
  • Students experiment with watercolors to see how easily these colors can be blended on wet paper, then create their own seasonal scene.


  • Create another wet-on-wet watercolor background. Dry. Draw silhouettes using black Crayola Markers.
  • Depict a different time of day or season of the year by changing the colors of the watercolors.
  • Do a thorough study of bats. Find out why they are valuable creatures, and how to attract them.