Monday, November 9, 2009

Fish Printing Project

Here's a quick lesson that will only take about one hour to do. It requires a supply of foam, so either purchased the foam sheets from your favorite art catalog or recycle the foam lunch trays or even meat trays from home.

Step One:Painting the Background
I used glitter liquid watercolors for this project but any paint would do, even a nice even coat of tempera. In any case, set out one color and a few large wash brushes and ask the students to lay a wash over the entire sheet of watercolor paper (size is up to you). If you use tempera paints, water them down significantly and use just one color. Set aside to dry (about ten minutes for watercolor).

Step Two: Etching the Fish Design
Hand a small piece of foam to each child (approx 2" x 4"). Draw a fish along the entire length or foam. Add scales, eye, designs, etc. Then, with a dull pencil, push down all of the foam surrounding the fish. This takes a bit of time.

Step Three: Printing the Fish
Place a palette of blue tempera paints of the table. I selected greens, blues, whites and purples.
With a dry brush, apply paint to foam fish and gently press the fish onto the watercolor paper. if your foam is thin like mine, encourage the kids to tap gently instead of rubbing so the fish won't move or smear.

Step Four: Repeat Fish Print
Encourage the kids to overlap their fish and point them in the same direction so they look like a school of fish.
Third Grade Results!


The girl who painted trees said...

I did an art project similar to this with my two year old about a month ago. You can see it here.

Confessions of a Homeschooler said...

Just in time for my Letter F week! Thanks!

Natalie said...

hi I'm an art teacher in Houston and I just started a blog if you want to check it out! I am sure I have used some of your ideas in the past and I love reading your blog! Thanks,Natalie

Pamela said...

great! I'm doing printmaking and need a young kid project..

Kathy Gallo said...

Wow, the prints look great! You are such an awesome teacher!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

They turned out great, and I'm sure the kids had a lot of fun making them!

Unknown said...

Very nice! you made a very unique arts I really love it,I think you have a future as a catalog designer try to study about this.=)

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