How to draw and paint a sea turtle using simple art supplies.

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Sea Turtles Drawing & Painting Lesson

SEA TURTLES DRAWING & PAINTING LESSON

How to draw and paint a sea turtle using simple art supplies. Art projects for kids

This sea turtle drawing & painting art project was inspired by this Under-the-Sea Chalk Lesson.

To keep the project manageable for first graders, I used just one sea creature–turtles– but switched up mediums. My first graders used oil pastels and cake/puck tempera paints to create these beautiful sea turtles.

This is what you’ll need:

  • 12″ x 18″ white sulfite paper
  • Cake or Puck Tempera Paint
  • Black Oil pastel
  • White School Glue, Brush and Glitter (optional)

How to draw and paint a sea turtle using simple art supplies. Art projects for kids

Sea Turtles Drawing

You can display a few pictures of sea turtles on the white board. I offered my students both a handout and some drawing instruction. We talked about what they could include in the background of their pictures. I told a story of how I saw sea turtles while snorkeling in Maui. I noticed that the turtles loved to hide under the huge rocks and swim amongst the plants. We added a few rocks, some seaweed and a few other fish.

Painting the Turtle

Once the children painted the ocean color on the background, I asked them to paint the turtle. Remind the children to pick a color other than the background so the turtle will stand out.

Many kids used lots of paint colors in their turtles, while others created a more subdued palette. To add a special touch, we brushed glue on a few areas and sprinkled with glitter. I know. You don’t need this but we had a few extra moments and the glitter was just sitting there.

How to draw and paint a sea turtle using simple art supplies.First grade gallery


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