The Paintimals Project

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The Paintimals Project

Help our team at UMass Amherst inspire young students with the Paintimals Project! 


What is the Paintimals Project? 

The Paintimals Project is an education and outreach initiative created by the Irschick Lab in the Biology Department at UMass Amherst. The Paintimals Project takes 3D models of living animals developed by the Digital Life Project and creates 3D printed miniature life-like replicas for educational use. Our goal is to provide Paintimals "kits" to at least 30 5th and 6th-grade classrooms in the Holyoke, Springfield, and Greenfield school districts. Each kit will contain 3D prints modeled after real sea turtles and sharks, paints and paint brushes, "trading cards" with fun facts about the different sea turtle and shark species, and educational resources for teachers. The Paintimals Project will provide local students with an engaging and hands-on learning activity that combines science and art, all at no cost to schools or teachers. Best of all, the kids can bring their painted turtles and sharks and trading cards home to share with their families!


Digital Life and 3D Modeling

The models used to create the Paintimals 3D prints were originally developed by the Digital Life Team at UMass Amherst. The Digital Life team creates stunningly accurate, high-resolution 3D models of all kinds of living animals through a process called photogrammetry -- the practice of integrating 2D photographs to make 3D models. Learn more about the Digital Life project, the 3D modeling process, and the animals behind the Paintimals Project at 


Our Sea Turtle and Shark Species

Click the link below each image to view the Digital Life 3D recreation of each turtle species!



   Scallywag - Green Sea Turtle              Shelly - Loggerhead Sea Turtle                 Mar - Hawksbill Sea Turtle 

          3D Model Link                           3D Model Link                          3D Model Link


Don't forget about Mozzie, our Blacktip Shark! 

                                                                           Mozzie- Blacktip Shark

                                                               3D Model Link

Check out more of our models at


Your Donations 

We greatly appreciate any contribution to our project! The Paintimals Project is funded only through donations so every bit helps! Money raised through this campaign will go to printing the models and trading cards, purchasing paint supplies, and distributing kits to classrooms. 


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Thank you for your contribution! Your donation will support hands-on science education for students in Western Massachusetts, and you should feel great about that!


Personalized Thank You Note

Receive a personalized thank you email from our lab!


Trading Cards

Receive a full set of our Paintimals sea turtle trading cards featuring Scallywag, Mar, and Shelly!


3D Print

Receive one of our 3D printed sea turtles! Choose from one of our 3D prints.


Highest Donor Wins Prize

The highest donor will recieve a 3D hand painted sea turtle!