I saw this idea at Deep Space Sparkle and thought it would be fun to try with my little guys. As I always say to my students, it’s ok to copy an idea as long as you change it and make it your own and that is what we did with this lesson. I didn’t give out template shapes for the kids as suggested however we did talk about different fishes and sea creatures that could be drawn. I also demonstrated how to overlap fishes and this really caught my students’ attention.
I gave out large 12×18 white paper and the kids drew seven sea animals medium to large size. Two to three fish were encouraged to overlap. Each fish was outlined with a black marker.
The art smocks came on, and everyone had a paint palette with the red, yellow and blue. They chose three fishes to be the primary color fish.
Next they mixed two primary colors together and painted another fish with the new secondary color. As they made a new color, they painted another fish. Fish number sevens is for all three primary colors mixed together.
When these were dry, I gave out white and blue paint. They mixed these two to create a light blue. This is the perfect time to introduce the word: tint and the magic of using white to make colors lighter. The backgrounds were painted and left to dry.
Finally, all the fish were re- outlined with a thick black marker. Bubbles, rocks, seaweed, sunken treasures, etc. were all added, outlined and colored in with oil pastels.
Didn’t these turn out gorgeous?