Friday, April 26, 2013

Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Folk Art Fish Canvas

4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

Now the painting starts!

4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

We used inexpensive craft acrylic for the canvas. We were on a budget here! Mrs. Z picked the palette of colors so they worked together. I would come into the classroom and pick students according to their "fish #" so that I had students on opposite sides of the canvas painting at the same time.

4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

 In the beginning I could have up to six students painting at a time. But as we got more space filled in with paint we had to be careful about not smudging somebody else's work or resting our hands on wet paint. I was quite surprised at how well the students managed this.

4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

 I am not a painter myself, but I was able to give the kids some basic lesson on painting - like how to use the different shaped brushes, not overload with paint, how to layer color, how to block in base colors, etc.

 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

Most students came at least twice - once to paint in their fish and once to touch-up and add details.

4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

A few students came back several times to really work on their particular fish.


4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

As they finished their fish I started painting in the background.

4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

Then I brought it home and finished the blue background, outlined all of the fish in a sparkly black, touched up any white spots, added some darker blue swirl marks and lighter blue "air bubbles".


4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

 Et Voila!

 4th Grade Art Auction Project: Mrs. Z's Class Fish

Didn't this turn out wonderfully? I am so proud of Mrs. Z's folk artists!!

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