Drawing can be a powerful tool in online (or in-person) classes to differentiate, scaffold, and engage students in learning! Today, I will be sharing my first tutorial on how to draw a cartoon turkey for Thanksgiving or just for fun!
Sorry that a little bit of the drawing is not visible for a few seconds in the first video – I’m still working on camera positioning!
Part 1: Body and Face
- Draw the neck and 5 loops
- Draw a circular body
- Draw two wings and two legs (shorters wings and legs = cuter)
- Connect the neck to make the head and two circles for the eyes (bigger head and eyes = cuter)
- Draw two smaller circles inside of the eyes and color them slightly so that there are two crescent-shaped white spaces in the upper right-hand corner
- Draw the beak with two dots in the middle – I would make the beak bigger than it is in the video
- Draw a small banana-shaped flap of skin on the left side (apparently it’s called a “snood”!)
Part 2: Feathers
- Draw 5 (or however many) dots around the turkey to decide where you want each feather to end. I did this to make it easier to draw the feathers symmetrically in class
- Connect the dots during class
- To make the feathers look less like leaves, you can actually make the edges round rather than pointy
- If you want, add color, lines, words, or shapes inside! I use simple lines because they are quick and don’t use up too much of my markers
How to Use As a Reward System:
I draw everything but the feathers before class and add the feathers during class, but you could also draw one body part at a time! I use it to discuss:
- Colors (Which color do you want?)
- Size (Do you want a large, medium-sized, or small feather?)
- Counting (How many feathers does the turkey have?)
You could even write words in the feathers – I saw another teacher ask students what they are thankful for!
Let me know if you try it out!
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