This lesson was a lot of fun to bring to second graders, but I think all grades would enjoy this project! The ability for students to interact and play with their art definitely engaged students as they finished coloring.
We started by folding our paper in half, then made a quarter fold which will eventually allow us to open up the fish’s mouth. We drew the closed mouth fish with the paper folded first, then we filled in the lines for the mouth and body. I had students use skinny markers for the outline, and crayons to fill in the color. Next time I think I’ll have students use the regular broad line markers to give the fish more definition.
This lesson can also be seen on Mini Matisse’s blog where she has a video demonstrating the steps.