First graders enjoyed drawing and coloring these sea turtles! Using oil pastels we started with drawing a large oval for the shell. Then we drew the head with what I like to call a “rainbow line”. Get it? It looks like a rainbow! Okay, then we drew the fins starting with the top left fin so that we could draw a “C” or “L” type line before creating the shape. Lastly we outlined the turtle with a black pastel and watercolored the background.
This class used chalk pastels rather than oil pastels. It was fun for me to compare the process and product using different materials. The chalk pastels were definitely a mess. Many students had green hands by the end of the lesson, which they thoroughly enjoyed.