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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies needed

    • 3. Paper Cutouts and Drawing

    • 4. Building the Turkey!

    • 5. Project + Thank you

    • 6. Bonus Video: Thanksgiving Turkey

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About This Class

This class is meant to provide some art fun for the Thanksgiving Holiday!  You will learn to make a Turkey using paper cutouts as well as utilize your drawing skills.  Art is fun and the holidays are right around the corner.  A bonus video is provided for you.  Enjoy!


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Nora Connolly

Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher


About Me:    Hello, and welcome, I'm Nora. I'm an Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist. I studied at Columbia University and obtained a Masters. My thesis was on "MURAL ART: FAD OR ART?"  I decided after a number of years of work as a French Translator to go to FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology to learn digital design.  I also speak French fluently and have lived in Paris, France.  I am native New Yorker and still live in NYC presently with my husband and two kitties!   I have written and illustrated three Children's books so far.  I love art and what I do!  This is the best feeling in the world and would like to share that creativity with everyone.

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1. Introduction: Introduction to class I'm an artist and an illustrator. Project and Thank you In this class, you'll learn how to assemble a turkey using your drawing and cutoff skills. 2. Supplies needed: Welcome everyone. This is kids Thanksgiving art. As you can see, we're going to make a turkey to things that we're going to need is some construction paper. And now this is the colored paper that you probably use when you go to school or you will need construction paper like this. And some art board paper if you want to make a slightly bigger turkey, some 11 by 14 poster board paper. Some more supplies that we are going to need is some Elmore's glue. Now this is the white kind. There's clear kind as well, but this dries clear as well, so that's fine. That's pretty strong. Some Crayola, I would think a darker Crayola, like a blue or purple and white Crayola, because it goes on the black paper very easily. And some kids scissors. 3. Paper Cutouts and Drawing: For our drawing of the body of the turkey, we're gonna draw the headfirst. We kind of want to be a kid. And then we're going to attach the wings. They're going to be rounded on the top and a little bit more point D on the bottom. So we're going to make another one on the other side. And it's okay if they're not perfectly symmetrical or the same. And then we're going to add a little bit of feathers so that we know that they are wings. And then we're going to add the body part of this turkey. And we're going to make it nice and round on the bottom. Now for our eyes, I'm going to use to regular dots which I make into circles. Cutting out the turkey is simple. You just go around the outline of your paper. There we go. We have the body with two wings and two arms. In order to draw the booths for this Turkey, we are going to put the outline here. And then we're gonna measure how we want our boots to be drawn out. And then we're gonna draw them because eventually they are going to be glued onto the white piece of paper, as you saw in the beginning. But that needs to be about the size of the head or a little bigger. So if you can see here, the hat comes out with the rim. And then we make a little line in the middle. This is going to be filled in and I'll show you how. And then a gold pilgrims hat. Because this turkey for Thanksgiving. And the next part of this is to cut out this part as well. We're going to cut out the boots and then cut out the hat that I've pre-cut a beak, as you can see here, which should fit in between the two eyes, and it's rounded on the top. And the part of the bottom part is like a little more pointed and this doesn't look so good. So we'll do it over. We'll do this. And it's okay to mess up once in a while because you can fix it. So that is the beak which we're gonna cut out. And we also need a little thing that Turkey has and that is its gobble. Gobble gonna do now is move on to the feathers. And this is what makes the turkey so beautiful and sweet to do this is to, I find stack two sheets of paper like so, and then cut them in half. And then stack them again. And then you should have about four pieces here. But what we're gonna do is draw out two feathers. So they're little more pointing on the end and a little more rounded on the top. And we're going to make them about the same size. They don't have to be exactly the same because this is art and we have to be creative when you do art. And they can be a little bit different. Now we're gonna cut them out as you can see here, we have four pieces. So we have four that are the same and for that a little lighter. And we repeat the same process for our second color, which will be read same with the green and the orange. The fun part about this is actually gluing everything together. I think that this is a fun thing to do in a group is as a celebration for Thanksgiving. And it's a way of giving. 4. Building the Turkey!: How do we assemble the turkey to paper seems too small for the US Turkey. So I've made mine a little bit too big. So I'm not going to use a nine by 12. I'm going to use the 11 by 14 piece of paper, which is this size. As you can see, it's much bigger and there's room for the feathers and the body of the turkey. The first things that I would glue so that they dry before you place them on to the, the Turkey's head is band that's on top of the pilgrims hat. So and then we're going to put the buckle on as well. And then we can set this aside and let it dry. And then we'll do the Turkey's face as well. The first thing we glue on is the Turkey's little good global gobble thing. And we wanted a little bit sideways. Then we're gonna glue the beak onto the Turkey's face. And the beat goes on top of the red gobble thing. Now that's the way the turkey looks, but we're not going to glue it to the paper yet because the first thing we're going to start with are the feathers take two yellows and they're going to be like our marking feathers. So they're going to be on either side. Turkey's feather span. It's just going to be the way to mark how we lay down the rest of the feathers, which start by a yellow and work clockwise. And then an orange. And put it like a little bit halfway off of the yellow, then I would add a red. It's good to be very generous with the glue on this because it looks very nice when you stick it on properly. Then I will add the green feather. And the more colorful This is, the better. These are the colors I picked because they're very Thanksgiving like you can also make it your own. You can use purple or blue or pink. You can vary the feathers, it's up to you. Then the next thing we'll do is add a yellow. And we repeat the same color coordination sequence that we had before. So we have a yellow and orange, or red or green. Then we add a yellow again. Then we add another orange. As you can see, we're stacking them in a way that's a little bit off the center of the feather so that you can see the color of the feather that's underneath it. So you keep going and going till you reach to the other side. Now we're reaching towards the end. We're doing yellow, orange, another red, and then the green, the final Green. And you don't have to lay another one on top of yellow because you have the the final one are all already there, which was a type of marker telling you where to stop. Now we let this dry a little bit and then we move on to the body. Now, for the body, we let this dry. We're going to place the turkey in a certain way. He's a little bit big for this paper as you can see. So we might have to cut a little bit ordered to place this Turkey. We can either trim a little here. We're not going to touch the head. So we can actually find a way to cut the head a little better. It's a little too long. Although the pilgrims hat is supposed to be white, bigger than a normal size tab. So we're just gonna put it a little bit sideways. That way, the pilgrims hat looks more cute and authentic. And now we're ready to glue. So in order to glue the actual Turkey, what we'll do is we'll trim it a little bit in order to place our boots in a little better angle. So we're going to actually glue the turkey body onto the entire parts of the feathers that we did here. Now that's enough, more than enough goal. And we put them in the middle. Then we add the bootstrap very quickly. As you can see, we reverse the order of the boots, so the other one goes on the other side. And what's good about Omar's glue is that a dries clear. So most of this, these little tiny spots that are on here are not going to stay. Then on the top, we're going to add what OS? The cake topper. But here's a hat topper, the pilgrims hat. And there you have it. Our Thanksgiving day Turkey made by you and me. 5. Project + Thank you: Once you're done with your project, feel free to Lincoln in the description down below, as I'd love to see your projects. Thank you.