Monday, June 11, 2012


Creating these fish involved many interesting steps.

We began by using watered down tempera paint for the background.
We had to work quickly to paint the whole paper before we covered the wet surface with a piece of ...

plastic wrap! 
We used our hands to pat and twist the plastic wrap on the paper.
Once the paint had a chance to dry, the plastic wrap fell away revealing an interesting "water" design.

Using a piece of colored paper and crayons, we created patterns to represent the scales on a fish.
Then, we cut an oval and triangle from the patterned papers for the body and tail.

Finally, we glued our fish to the "water" background
 and then added a tissue paper fin and an eye. 
A stream of glitter bubbles created just the right finishing touch. 
Our fish sure looked happy swimming along on the display wall!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Illustrator: ERIC CARLE

We read Eric Carle's book
We liked the books so much that we decided to make some illustrations similar in style to his.

We began by studying reference photos of many different animals.

We practiced... 

 and practiced...

and practiced our drawing...

until we got things just right!

Next we used tissue paper and papier mache paste to cover a large piece of paper with an
"unexpected color"
just like Eric Carle who created pink rabbits and polka dotted donkeys!
Once it was dry, we turned it over and drew our animals LARGE!

Then we cut our animals out, and added them to our backgrounds.

We love how different each of them look!

And, we had fun adding details like feathers...

and spots!

Our display was enjoyed by all!