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This FUN and HILARIOUS lesson is extremely easy and rewarding to follow for both classroom teachers and art teachers/specialists! Can you imagine the display envy you'd create with these amazing, conversation and laugh-provoking turkeys?! I do these turkeys in two 35 minute sessions. They could easily be finished in approximately 60 consecutive minutes though. Needed materials include:
-white paper (sulphite, watercolor or other suitable for wet media)
-paint (tempera cake, watercolor or similar paint)
*pens are optional for any details too small for a Sharpie; we rarely need them.
We do NOT use templates in this lesson as I love unique outcomes and the pride that the students have in their work when they have truly created the artwork with their own free hand drawing! Plus, I think that free hand drawing is easier than using templates. :) We do step-by-step drawing (detailed written instructions as well as pics of each step provided) and even with the same drawing steps provided, each turkey is created SO differently. Our Kindergarten teachers are itching to get their hands on these turkeys for their displays and I am currently deciding whether to give them up or selfishly hoard them for my own display. These turkeys were so much fun that I gave in to the begging and nagging of the 1st graders (who come into the art room following Kindergarten) to do this project too. Now we have a lot of happy Kindergarten and 1st grade little artists at our school! All of the examples shown are from KINDERGARTEN artists (WOW!), but this project would be wonderful for Kindergarten up through 3rd grade. Some of my older 4th and 5th grade students started doing some of these turkeys during free-draw time, so I'd imagine that even older students would love to play with this project as a class! This project could also be expanded into a writing prompt (many of my Kindergarten artists have shared with me their turkeys' names and background stories... always delightfully unpredictable! :)) Thank you for checking out this fun lesson from the art classroom of Claire Dunaway Cyr!