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re: arts (was Re: 1st & 2nd Grade)

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Becky Alexander (Bekalex)
Thu, 27 Mar 1997 18:27:56 -0800

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I love this but I have a question:

If you are looking down at the turtle backs, are the designs symmetrical,
or are the turtles sidways? Or did you bother with symmetry.

I know I can choose what I want for my class but I'm curious what you did.

Becky Alexander


>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!

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