Turkey Drawing Easy Thanksgiving Art Project

 
See the step by step demo of this fun texture rubbing art lesson.  
Make a turkey drawing with texture for a cute Thanksgiving craft or activity.  
 
 
 

The Tukery Drawing

the finished turkey drawing and turkey drawing pages
First, start with a turkey drawing. The How to Draw a Turkey set will make this a breeze. The best thing about these drawing pages is that every turkey will be a little different!
 
I did this drawing on 90# drawing paper, which works best for any water technique. I recommend that you go over the drawing with a black permament marker so that they outline stays bold.
 
 

Use File Folder Texture Plates!

Adding texture to the turkey drawing
Next, add a texture rubbing.  I used some chunky crayons and a file folder texture plate that I made.  
(Click on the links for more instructions.)
I think it looks best to use light colors for the texture rubbing and darker colors for the marker outlines.  
 
 
 

Add Color to your Turkey Drawing

Outlining the texture turkey with washable markers
After adding textures, outline each shape with a washable marker (even the areas where you made the texture rubbings). I like repeating 3-4 main colors to give the turkey a more unified color scheme.
 
 

Add Water on the Marker Lines

 
 
 
a cartoon brush painting the finished texture turkey with water

Add plain water over the marker lines; this will make the colors bleed into the center and make your turkey look like it was painted with watercolors! Make sure you get the marker lines wet!

 
 
 

Art Technique Summary

  • Make a turkey drawing.
  • Go over the drawing with a permanent marker.
  • Make texture rubbings with crayons.
  • Outline with washable colored markers.
  • Paint over the marker lines with water.

Take a look at the How to Draw a Turkey Set.

The Benefits of Drawing

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Use this infographic to display in your room or share with parents, administrators, or other teachers as a way to point out some of the academic benefits of learning to draw. While they are not the only reason for using drawing as part of a balanced curriculum, they are certainly worthy of celebrating and may help you advocate for including drawing as part of your art or classroom learning experiences.

You can read more about The Benefits of Drawing in this blog post.


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I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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