Kindergarten students began the year learning about the art element, Line. They learned what a line was and that they use different kinds of lines every day. They were allowed to explore drawing different kinds of lines. After hearing the story Only One You by Linda Kranz, each student created their own fish and decorated it with thick, thin, curvy, straight, etc. lines to make their fish unique. They finished their fish by adding lines of tissue paper for the tail and fins. They did an amazing job and the fish look so bright and colorful in our hallways!
See more of our Kindergarten fish project at our on-line art gallery, Artsonia!
Third graders are finishing up a fish project this week. We focused on shape and pattern and finished with lots of beads for extra sparkle and texture. Our inspiration was a new art room book, Trudy Harris’ “Pattern Fish”.
A few weeks ago, I realized that I had not given my 4th grade artists a chance to work “really big” this year – probably because my 4th grade groups are so large – 30 kids is a bunch of artists to “go big”! So we began the Big Fish project – a review of line, pattern, shape, color….using tempera paint and gadget printmaking. I LOVE these – I think I will try them again next year!
My kinders had a blast making these bowls full of fish! I couldn’t believe how excited they were to fill their bowl with fish and a castle for the fish to swim through.
We began by looking at Paul Klee’s “Around the Fish” print. My little people loved looking at all the objects around the fish, and the texture (our new art word!) on the fish itself.
We drew big fish bowls on tag board, cut them out, drew and colored our fish, and finished with a splash of blue watercolor. It was a busy 50 minutes, but check out our cool bowls of fish!
And…thanks to Julie over at Art For Small Hands for this idea – I had to switch it up a bit to work for my big classes of kinders, but her very cool idea gave me the inspiration for this fun project that my kids absolutely loved!