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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Warm/Cool Koi Fish In A Salt Watercolor Pond

Created on October 18, 2012 by jbucher

Oil pastel koi fish swimming in a salt watercolor pond!

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4 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1.SWBAT use a variety of line to create a koi fish.
2.SWBAT use black permanent marker to define the shape and details on thier fish.
3.SWBAT select either warm or cool oil pastels to add color to their fish.
4.SWBAT use oil pastels effectively and to blend and overlap to create new colors.
5.SWBAT to use the wet on wet watercolor technique to create a background design.
6.SWBAT to use kosher salt and plastic wrap to add textural effects to the background painting.

1. "12x18" watercolor paper
2. Watercolor paints
3. Water container
4. Kosher salt
5. Plastic wrap
6. "12x18" heavy white paper
7. Black permanent marker
8. Oil pastels
9. Glue
10. Paint brush

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1. Draw koi fish -( guided drawing lesson) on "12x18" white.
2. Select either warm or cool color oil pastels to color in the koi fish. Focus on smooth application and blending of colors.
3. Outline fish and all details in permanent marker. Cut fish out.
4. Mist watercolor paper with water.
5.Apply watercolors to background.
Encourage students to use analogous colors ( green, blue and purple or blue, purple and red)
6. Sprinkle on Kosher salt.
7. Place plastic wrap over painting and scrunch and bunch it.
8. Leave plastic wrap on till painting is dry.
9. Remove plastic wrap and brush off Kosher salt.
10. Glue fish to the painting.

Students will fill out a project reflection sheet .
They will be asked to comment on thier use of elements and principles. They will be asked about their craftsmanship and how well they followed directions. Students will be asked to reflect upon their project and to comment on what they felt they did well on, and what they wish they could improve upon.

We have use foam core pieces and 3-D O's to raise the fish of of the surface.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Visual Arts Standard 6:
Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines

[5-8] Students describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts

Texture, Rhythm/Pattern, Proportion/Size, Movement, Line, Form, Emphasis, Contrast, Color/Value

Marker, Pastel, Watercolor


  • Eponine24601 10/21/2012 at 03:45pm
    This is a gorgeous idea! :) I can't wait to try it with my 5th graders!

  • jbucher 10/22/2012 at 05:44pm
    I have also done it with cut/torn paper layered over the fish to look as if it is swimming through them. I love your user name!

  • Artmom2 11/28/2012 at 05:12pm
    Love this idea! I also love eponine24601's name. My fav musical!