Turtle warm Turtle cool

This 3-4 part project connects to classroom themes and builds on art skills and techniques. Through discussion and hand outs students learn about Aboriginal art, explore the color wheel and color related vocabulary such as primary, secondary, warm and cool. Using a variety of painting tools such as sponges and corks they paint either a cool turtle shell or a warm turtle shell. After the shells have dried using brushes they paint the water for their turtle in the opposite color groups from their shell. Tracing around patterns on the back of their painted shell paper students draw then cut out their turtle, adding cut paper for the head (4) legs and optional tail. After the turtle is assembled he is placed in the water and white decorative dots and bubbles are added to complete the composition and connect to Aboriginal Dream painting.