Friday, March 02, 2012

One Fish, Two Fish Art Lesson

We spent some time today creating some fish, inspired by One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
This lesson was led by a former teacher/parent volunteer. What a great way to spend Dr. Seuss's birthday!

We read some exerpts from the book, then looked carefully at the illustrations of the fish. Students noted the  curvy lines, the details on the fish's bodies, and the expressions on their faces.

My students had to decide if they were going to draw a fish that was swimming or standing. For swimming fish, the paper was placed horizontally, and they drew only one eye {profile view}. For standing fish, students turned their papers vertically, and they drew two eyes {front view}.

They drew an outline of their fish's body, using black crayon or black pastel. The outline had to be quite dark, as it was covered over with paint.

After the outline of the fish was done and the added details were complete, students took a paintbrush and used red, blue, green, or yellow paint to cover their pictures. 

As you can see, some students got pretty creative:

curly tailed rainbow fish

a polka-dotted wonder

When the pages are dry, the fish will be cut out and mounted onto a background page.

The background page is a large piece of paper painted with red & blue stripes.

 Red and blue glitter was added while the paint was still wet, to help it stick.


I will add pictures to this post of the finished product & bulletin board early next week...when the paint is dry & the fish are mounted onto their glittery backgrounds.

Thanks Mrs. J. for another fun art session!


laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Love the fish art!!
First Grade Blue SKies

Lori said...

This fish art is great! I love it!
Conversations in Literacy

applesandabcs said...

Hi Anita!!! I hope you had a seusstastic week! I nominated you for an award! Come on over and get it! :)


Apples and ABC's

Reagan Tunstall said...

oh this is very inspiring! I LOVE it!!! I am going to pin it.
Thanks for the idea!
Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

Michelle Rist said...

Love it! I also nominated you for an award! You are a popular lady! : )

Becca said...


I just found your blog through Lil' Country Kindergarten. I can't wait to look around a bit. I'd love it if you'd come over to my blogs as well. I currently have three blogs. I write a home blog (my most widely read blog), a literacy blog, and a kindergarten blog. My literacy and kindergarten blogs are fairly new, so I'd love to get the word out about them. My main website is From there, you can get to all of my blogs. I'd love any advice you have for breaking into the teaching blog world. I feel like I have a pretty good start with my home blog, but no one seems to be reading my other two. Any suggestions for me would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks for taking the time to help out a new teacher-blogger!


Jennifer said...

Love the fish project! I just found your blog and I'm your newest follower!

Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

Traci said...

haha... Anita... I ALSO nominated you on my blog!
so so so popular!
Dragonflies in First

vicky1970 said...

Anita - those fish are SOOO cute. Great popping in on your blog and seeing what you are up to. :o)
Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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