Class periods: Three 1/2 hr. class periods
Vocabulary: rainbow, color wheel, patterns, texture
- The order of colors in a rainbow and on the color wheel. (this is a review concept)
- Simple fish anatomy.
- Lines create pattern and texture.
- Texture may be created by tearing paper.
Source of Project: I adapted this from a project I saw online a few years ago. If this is your original project, please let me know so that I can give you credit!
Materials: 9×12 white paper (may have oval template tospeed up process), Sharpies or black crayon, watercolor or tempera paints, brushes, pencil, scissors, 9×12 lt. blue construction paper, scrap paper box, glue
- Discuss the rainbow and color wheel. Show a Power Point for visuals.
- Draw and decorate fish with black Sharpie. Pay attention to patterns on tail, fins, etc. Don’t forget gills, eyes, mouth.
- Using pencil draw 5 vertical lines through fish to divide the fish into 6 sections. Do not include tails or fins. These may be curved, diagonal, zigzag.
- Starting at snout or rear, paint each of the six sections one at a time, creating a rainbow fish. Remind students that wet paints will run together. Do not paint fins, tail, etc.
- On construction paper create a textured home for the fish. No cutting, only tearing of paper. When done, cut out fish and glue to background.
I use simple rubric: Rainbow colors in order? Neatly cut and glued? etc.
I put these up in the hall on a yellow bulletin board, and they are stunning! The kids are very proud of themselves.
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