Nov 12, 2010

How to Draw a Turkey

I found this turkey shape in a stock art illustration, and I think it works well for a basic turkey drawing lesson. It also uses radial symmetry, which is one of the Arts Standards for the 2nd grade.
1. I plan to have the students follow along with my drawings steps as shown in my diagram. The most important thing is that they draw large and fill up the paper they are given.
2. After the pencil drawing is complete, they will trace all their lines with a black Sharpie. I like the variety of using some thick and some with fine points.
3. This turkey is actually painted in with instant coffee and then sprinkled with salt before it dries. The salt soaks up bits of the water and leaves a cool textured look behind. A bit of red orange paint completes the picture.
4. When the coffee is completely dry, brush off the crystals to reveal the texture pattern behind.

You might also like:
• How to Draw a Cartoon Turkey
• How to Draw a Realistic Turkey
• Turkey Coloring Page
• A printer friendly pdf of this tutorial, click on the image below:


Kristin said...

Thank you for sharing these instructions, my son will fine this really helpful. Sometimes he gets so frustrated drawing, but breaking down the steps is a great idea

Julie said...

My 5y.o son made this and enjoyed it. I linked to you on my blog.

Jennifer said...

I did this project with my kids yesterday. They loved painting with coffee!

Thank you so much for this site... a tremendous resource!


marisa said...

We are doing this project today, thanks for all the great ideas!

Candace said...

LOVE all your projects! Thanks so much for sharing! Here are our turkeys! :)

MittenMom said...

Thank you so much we all loved this activity! I had to make them as soon as I saw it yesterday. I blogged about it and linked back to you.
Thanks again it is such an easy fun art project my 2 year old loved the coffee paint, my 6,8 and 12 year olds all made a version of your so cute turkey.

Pam said...

This was a great project to do! My 3rd graders felt a wonderful sense of accomplishment as their turkeys actually looked like real turkeys! Thanks for the post!
{Yes, I'm writing to you in January, but I just thought of it!} Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Where do you get the White Opaque marker?

Anonymous said...

Thank you... This is exactly what we we needed. We have a book that teaches how t draw animals but the Turkey was not in there.

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Christina Parker said...

I've been struggling to think up something on my own that alludes to turkeys and thanksgiving without being too "corny" and doing hand turkeys or something. I wanted to incorporate art yet be able to complete it in one class period as my students only have two days of school Thanksgiving week. This lesson is perfect! It's such a cool idea and I could substitute the coffee with watercolors! The kids will love the idea of using the salt and will be amazed at the effects when they return to class the week after. I hope you don't mind if I borrow your idea and adapt it for my classroom : ) Happy Thanksgiving and I'm thankful for teachers like you who share their great ideas!