Thanksgiving usually brings around the infamous Hand Turkey. You know the one. With its memorable tubular plumage, teeny tiny stick legs and squiggly “S-Type” wattle (or whatever you call the thing hanging from its neck), the Hand Turkey remains an autumnal icon gracing classroom walls and refrigerators nationwide this time of year. It’ll always have a special place in your kindergarten heart.
For my pre-Thanksgivukkah workshop I decided to deviate from the iconic autumnal fowl and flash forward to Spring Time because, baby, it’s cold outside! The students used a resist technique, layering tempera cake paint OVER oil pastel tracings of their hand. They traced their hand and rotated the paper each time to create a circular pattern of “finger petals.” We took our inspiration from the daisy, a real springtime mascot.
The ol’ adage that “oil and water don’t mix” is clearly illustrated and kids at this age (4 & 5) are simply mystified with the results. Best of all, they don’t have to worry too much about painting inside the lines. Score!