I do this lesson in three thirty minute classes.
- 12" x 10" white paper
- Oil Pastels
- scissors and glue sticks
- 12" x 18" blue paper
- Tempera paints: brown, white, yellow, light green and dark green
- paint brush and water
Step One: Drawing "Tortuga"There are some great turtle drawings in this book. Cute, simple and artsy. I love how Tortuga's eyes stick up from his head. That is what we start with: the eyes. Draw two ovals on one side of the paper. Draw a big oval around the eyes taking care not to draw through the eyeballs! Add a neck. For the body, draw a curved line from the neck all the way to the back of the paper. Kid's will know instinctively how big to draw their turtle, so let them. Much cuter this way!
Then add a bottom and four legs.
I must say however, that this particular group had a hard time finishing the background in the allotted time and most didn't finish coloring in their turtles from step one. So I'll add another class so that everyone can have a finished piece.
Doesn't always work this way. The next group of kinders finished everything. Many variables involved: talkative children, late getting to class, etc. None a problem. Just need to be flexible!
With an oil pastel, the kids drew a straight line across the middle of the page. They added a sun plus a cactus for an authentic desert landscape.