At some point during my intern days, I was asked to find a way to use some leftover die-cut scraps. They had a gaping hole where a wheel had been cut. I had noooo idea what to do with these things. I laid one on a piece of white paper and immediately the answer was clear… A fish bowl!
What you need:
- Colored pencils
- large die-cutter, or just cut a hole in paper with scissors…
- glue stick
- pictures of fish
We start by talking about fish in art. I show Matisse’s fish bowl painting and tell the story about when fish were introduced in Europe. The kids love to hear about a time without TV and video games, back when people watched their goldfish for entertainment.
I love to ask my students about their pet fish and brainstorm about what they would like to have in their tanks. I demonstrate how to draw a fish. Start with an almond shaped body, add fins, gills, a mouth and a big eye. I show how to draw squiggly seaweed and pebbles. I demonstrate how to outline with a dark colored pencil line and then fill in with a lighter hand.
Give each student a piece of paper with a circle traced on it. Toward the end of the class I have each kid chose a piece of die-cut paper and I glue it on for them. It is soooo much easier to put glue on the with of the paper and then fit the colored bowl paper around the circle. Once complete I cut any white overhanging edges off and were done!
I get a kick out of the finished products and the kids do too! Enjoy!