Grade level : it can be done with any child who can hold a paintbrush . But I would say it is more geared toward children 6 and over .
Objective : To paint an underwater animal giving it the impression it is swimming .
Resources : This lesson is not my idea . It was based on the following book :The Usborne Book of ART skills . If your child likes art , you may want to purchase this book or to borrow it at the library . It is full of really cool projects !
Material needed : * a watercolor paper 9X12"
* pictures of under the sea creatures (such as seahorses , fish , dolphins , whales , starfish , etc.)
* a blue pencil
* watercolor paints (blue and green ...more colors if you wish )
* plastic cups (for water)
* paper towels
* clear plastic wrap
Activity : (1) Each child should have a piece of paper . They should choose an underwater animal to draw.
(2) Each child will now draw the outline of the underwater creature they chose with a blue pencil .
(3) They should paint the inside of the sea creature with a blue paint .
(4) Then add some dots before the paint dries , so the paint will run .
(5) If you kid wants , he /she may add a second color . In this example , I chose to add some purple .
(6) The next step will be to paint the paper around the animal with clean water .
(7) While the paper is still wet , your child should add some strokes of blue watercolor and some green .
(8) Then while the paint is still wet , take a piece of clear plastic wrap and put is on the painting . Let it dry ....
And voilà ! Here is the effect of the clear plastic wrap up close :
I hope your kids had some fun during this project . Enjoy the rest of your week and stay safe =)