This week my students are looking at the wonderful oil pastel illustrations of Peggy Turley in the children's book Armadillo Ray. The story follows the curious Ray as he wonders the desert and ponders the many shapes of the moon. Turley's illustrations are full of patterns, shapes, and vibrant colors against the nighttime sky.
My Kindergarten through 4th graders first created Ray using oil pastel and watercolor. While these dried they used oil pastel to create their desert landscape. Some added tumbleweeds, cactus, desert owls and of course that curious moon.