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PAINTED TURTLES: on an 18x24 sheet of paper (white or colored) we draw a
large oval, we add 4 square legs, a triangle tail, and a head (like the
letter U). (In some classes we first took a 9x12 sheet of manilla, folded it
to make 4 parts, and practiced 4 different turtle drawings with pencil, and
then chose our favorite to do large - this encourages them to have more than
one idea, and discourages copying exactly from my samples). We draw the
large turtle with chalk to encourage drawing BIG. I then had them go over
all the drawn lines with one color of paint. We painted the rest of the
turtle with various colors of tempra. (On the white paper a black tempra
outline is nice, followed with watercolor paint for the rest.) We cut them
out when we were done. Some classes cut them out and then mounted them on
another colored piece of paper. We then filled the negative space with
contour lines in a color pattern using oil crayons. The kids LOVE to paint,
and were thrilled with the grand size. Each had a unique design using
different lines and shapes. They all looked like turtles!