Follow these steps to turn your 1 oz packet of Model Magic clay into a swimming fish.
I had the honor of working with the awesome art teachers of Cobb County, Georgia on their professional development day. I did a 70 minute workshop (3xs) for art teachers who wanted to learn how to integrate technology into their art programs using the iPad. Curated a few Transdigital art examples from my 266 STEAM art lessons indexed on my SMORE page (bookmark this page).
First graders are learning the parts of fish as they designed their own. Then they randomly chose a monochromatic color to paint it. Students mixed to make tints and shades to add contrast to their fish. When the paint was dry, students traced the fish and added scales as visual texture. See the GALLERY of finished monochromatic fish here.
After 1st graders finish making their monochromatic fish paintings I have a new idea for them. We will learn to draw shapes into forms, create an interior space, fill it with pattern, and balance it with color using THE GOLDFISH, by Henri Matisse as inspiration. The fishbowl, however, will be empty at first.
Below is a slideshow that leads students through the steps for drawing where they will turn a circle into a fishbowl, make an oval table, design a corner of the room, and use color and pattern in the style of Henri Matisse.
This science and art lesson designed for 1st graders teaches:
The lesson (a step-by-step powerpoint) is available for download on TpT. Here is a link. You can also view students' finished examples from our online art gallery on Artsonia here. Here is a post from Mrs. Gutterman using Henri Matisse's Goldfish painting as inspiration.
Optional books for a literacy connection:
And here is our Monochromatic Fugleflick to quickly introduce to your students the concept of a one-color painting with tints and shades to create contrast:
Variation on this Lesson (Rainbow Fish):
Instead of using a monochromatic paint palette, students could use a combination of metallic paints and paint markers to make their fish much like Rainbow Fish. View the gallery of first grade fish paintings here.
Add the correct terms for the parts of the fish to reinforce vocabulary and science concepts. Use this sheet as a reference.
After the first graders made their fish paintings we erased the backgrounds and saved them as PNG (to retain the transparency of their backgrounds). Then students put them in the DoInk Animation app to make them swim.
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