- 2 @ 12" x 18" white paper
- black oil pastel
- blue, yellow, green and red tempera paint
Starting at the far left (if they chose a swimming fish) or near the top (standing fish) gives the children plenty of space to draw the body.
Whew! That was long, huh? It's important though.
To draw the fish: I read the first few pages of the book and point out the different fish illustrations, then on the white board, I draw two styles of fish: one swimming across the paper (horizontal) and one standing up (vertical). I do a directed line drawing for both.
I don't have a handout, but here are the steps:
- Draw two dots for eyes for standing fish or one dot for swimming
- Add a circle around the eye(s) and add eyelashes if you wish
- Standing:Draw a curved line over the top of the eyes and move the line all the way down the paper and curve up like a letter "J" . Then, draw a similar line on the opposite side and join together at the tail.
- Swimming: starting in front of the eye, move the pastel along the top of the paper to form an arch, then make another line starting at the eye draw a line around the bottom of the paper towards the tail. Both lines can be wiggly or curved. Whatever you like!
- For the standing fish make fins and add lines inside the body for scales. Do the same for the swimming fish and add a funny looking tail.
Now that the drawing is done, set out some paints (limit the colors so you don't end up with mud) and paint the fish.
After the fish dries, trace over the oil pastel lines with black and add some patterns with other colors of oil pastel if you wish.
Cut out the fish. This is a great project for practicing cutting skills!
Now, take the other white paper and paint stripes from one side to the other.
If you wish, you can glam up your Dr. Seuss art project by adding some glitter. While the stripes are still wet, sprinkle with glitter and shake excess off into a big tub.
Finally, glue fish to background!