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Value Jellyfish Art Project

Value Jellyfish Art Project

By on Jun 7, 2016 | 0 comments

One of the prettiest projects my third graders created this year happened during the very last days of school.

I came across a jellyfish painting on my Watercolor Pinterest Board and it was love at first sight. My third graders LOVED this project. And I did too. I had all the supplies on hand  and stretched this relatively quick lesson into a 2-session project.

All you need is some tempera paint, chalk pastels, drawing paper and a few creative kids.

Time required: One @ 60-minute session or two @ 40-minute sessions

 

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Foil Turtle and Fish Collage

Foil Turtle and Fish Collage

By on Apr 8, 2016 | 27 comments

This lesson was inspired by a lesson in The Usborne Book of Art Projects. It was a huge hit with my third grade class. The lesson in the book focused on fish but I thought a sea turtle would look lovely swimming in the glittery waters. Here’s How: Creating the Background There are a couple of ways to make the water background for the sea turtle and fish. One method is to use liquid or tray watercolors and table salt to make a traditional speckled background as shown above or you could use Mod-Podge and glitter liquid watercolor paints. To make a watercolor and salt background,  use 6″ x 9″ pieces of 90 lb watercolor paper and regular watercolor paints.  Wet the paper with a sponge or large brush, then mix blue and green watercolors onto the wet watercolor paper (wet-on-wet technique). Salting the surface will give the “ocean” a sparkly quality. I had some of the Mod-Podge glittery paints left over from the Fancy Fish Lesson, so I though I may as well use it up before it hardened and became unusable. The students brushed the leftover “glittery paint” onto a piece of blue or lavender drawing paper. The results were shimmery and ocean perfect. To make the glitter paint, combine a few table spoons of glitter liquid watercolors with about a ¼ cup of gloss Mod-Podge. Stir and use like regular paint. Drawing the Sea Turtle and Fish CLICK TO DOWNLOAD How to Draw a Sea Turtle Set the ocean paper aside and demonstrate how to draw some fish and sea turtles.  The idea is to keep the drawing very simple because the drawing will be created on tin foil. It may be helpful to do a practice drawing on a piece of paper cut to the same size of the tin foil. Use the drawing guide or show pictures of sea turtles and fish and allow the children to identify the basic shapes and colors from photographs. Coloring and Texture You’ll need some heavy weight tin foil (regular tin foil is fine), and some texture boards.  To make a texture board, cut heavy board (tag board, etc) into 9″ x 6″ rectangles.  Cut up old mesh vegetable bags and tape to cardboard. I made about 25 and had a...

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Paul Klee Cubist Fish Lesson & Video

Paul Klee Cubist Fish Lesson & Video

By on Sep 14, 2015 | 0 comments

This lesson checks off many standards; children learn about artist Paul Klee, identify warm and cool colors, understand watercolor resist and follow a directed line drawing.

My favorite part of this lesson however, is watching the children draw their fish.  I do a few demonstrations of the drawing on the white board and talk about the difference between a cubist fish and a realistic fish. They love drawing their wacky fish.

 

This lesson is a great project for younger children for introducing Swiss painter, Paul Klee.

Children in first grade created the samples for the PDF but this lesson is perfect for grades 1-4.  Watch for more interesting details with older children.

This lesson uses basic art supplies: watercolor paper, oil pastel and watercolor paints.

About the Video:

A video tutorial showing how to draw and paint Klee’s cubist fish is included. You can watch the video yourself or play it to your students.

Note: The link to the video is included in the PDF

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Jelly Fish Art project

Jelly Fish Art project

By on Jun 20, 2015 | 32 comments

One of the prettiest projects my third graders created this year happened during the very last days of school. I get rather desperate for ideas and organization towards the end of the school year so I had to scramble for a fast, two session project. I came across a jellyfish painting on my Watercolor Pinterest Board and it was love at first sight. My third graders LOVED this project. And I did too. I had all the supplies on hand (just barely) and stretched this relatively quick lesson into a 2-session project.   Here’s What We Did: 1. Each child painted a 12″ x 18″ piece of white paper (I like Tru-Ray drawing paper) with either a gradient of blue or red paint. I was a bit of a control freak here as I wanted to make the prep easy. I squeezed white, red, purple and black paint into 3 muffin-style palettes and blue, white, purple and black into two muffin-style palettes. Depending on where the child sat, he would either create blue or red gradient paper. That’s right. No choice. Feel free to allow a child to choose though. I did this as a matter of simplicity and quite frankly,  laziness. I’m not ashamed. Starting at the top of the vertical paper, the kids painted a strip of white paint. Without cleaning their brush, they dipped their paint brush into a little bit of red paint. They applied the paint below the white strip and blended. They continued on, dipping their brush into more red, then adding purple (this gives the paint the bright pink/fuchsia color and then finally black. We worked slowly and carefully with this step. I wanted it to last the entire 40-minutes. 2. After the child finished painting his gradient, they added white paint for bubbles. To do this, give each table group some white paint that has been watered down some. In order to splatter well, the paint needs to be the consistency of cream. 3. After the background paper has dried, it’s time to draw a jelly. – Use white soft chalk pastel and draw a curved line for the top of the jellyfish body. – Add a wiggle line across the bottom of the jelly for his...

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Mister Fish Collage Art Lesson & Video

Mister Fish Collage Art Lesson & Video

By on Nov 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Mister Seahorse isn’t the only daddy fish in the ocean. Shine the light on the other fish in Eric Carle’s book, Mister Seahorse. Children draw, paint and decorate their own Mister Fish.

The lesson plan will walk you through the set-up, collecting of art supplies and how to time the lesson so one child or a group of children can be successful in this creative art-making project.

The video speaks directly to the child. Play in your classroom through your iPad or laptop or at home on any computer or tablet.

This lesson is perfect for: Grades 1-2 (ages 5-8)

License: Single Use

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Hooray for Fish Art Lesson & Video

Hooray for Fish Art Lesson & Video

By on Nov 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins is the most adorable book for kids. The illustrations of imaginary and colorful fish offer plenty of inspiration to this drawing and painting lesson. This lesson focuses on a guided drawing technique but the children can also watch the video tutorial then create their own fish.

The lesson plan will walk you through the set-up, collecting of art supplies and how to time the lesson so one child or a group of children can be successful in this creative art-making project.

The video speaks directly to the child. Play in your classroom through your iPad or laptop or at home on any computer or tablet.

This lesson is perfect for: Grades K-2 grade children (ages 5-7)

License: Single Use

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