This project introduces students to creating collages in the style of Eric Carle, one of the most famous children’s book authors and illustrators. The kids create beautiful collages from construction paper and tissue paper, tempera and watercolor paints, and oil pastels. So many skills are developed with this project, from drawing and painting, cutting, gluing, and considering composition. You could also use this lesson to create a collaborative piece with a larger background, with each student contributing painted paper fish.
Included in the lesson are step-by-step instructions on how to draw 16 different fish, inspired by the fish in Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse and Animals, Animals: the angel fish, bullhead fish, butterfly fish (2 versions), cowfish, flying fish, French grunt fish, leaf fish, lionfish, mangrove snapper, seahorse, sea trout, sheepshead fish, spotted trunk fish, squirrel fish, and stonefish. My kids were so proud of their collages!
Time Required: 2 hours, broken into 2 classes.
The 48-page project includes:
-Project Overview + Learning Objectives
-Artist Spotlight: Eric Carle
-Recommended Books + Word Wall (with Definitions)
-Detailed Photo Tutorial
-Student Gallery, Grades 3-4
-Line Drawings of 16 Fish
-How to Draw 16 Fish Step-by-Step
Thanks for checking out the lesson! I teach art to children in Westchester, New York. My passion is creating art projects my students love and sharing them with you.
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