Painting Rock Fish

Description

Paint these cute fish for any ocean or fish unit. These were done by each child in the classroom and added to a simple ocean background making a cute art display.
Painting fish on rocks

Materials

  • Large flat smooth rocks often found at craft supply stores
  • Acrylic paint, brush
  • Black Sharpie Pen
  • Newspaper to dry on
  • Construction or butcher paper to display

Steps

  • Read My Rainbow Fish Book Box or read books of your choice about fish. This would also be a great culminating project for a unit on fish. See more of our suggestions below.
  • Have all materials ready, rocks rinsed and dry and paint set up in small stations or have the children work in small groups coming to one table at a time.
  • Talk about the colors you are going to use. Write the color words on the board for younger children. Discuss how to draw a fish and have a few samples on hand for them to get ideas. Talk about making spaces for them to paint in.
  • If this is for a group of children have labels or masking tape ready to put their name under the rock.
  • Have each child draw their fish on the rock using the sharpie.
  • Color in the spaces made with paint.
  • Let your rock fish dry thoroughly per paint recommendations.

Tips and Suggestions

  • If you are working with very young children, you might work with just a couple students at a time. That way there will be less confusion about where to draw and how to fill in the colors.
  • There may be a simple fish stencil for very young children where you can just use a small square sponge with paint to press over the stencil.
  • For older children you can have them work in pairs with children who need a little extra assistance.
fish painted on rock

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