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Level: Primary, Junior
Grades: K-5 | Age: 5 - 11 yrs | Written by: Aaron Kinn
[Aaron is a teacher at DePue Schools in DePue Illinois]

Students will use the outline of their shoe as the basic shape for a fish.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Have students take off one of their shoes and trace the bottom of it onto paper.
  2. Then, using the shoe outline as the fish outline, have students create fins, gills, eyes, mouth, and scales on their fish.
  3. When the drawing is complete have students color the fish with markers.
    • *Note: You can have them cut out their fish and glue them on a huge piece of paper, and then have them draw a background. This looks like the fish are swimming in an aquarium.

The kids really get a kick out of taking their shoes off in class, and using them to make art!!!

Recommended Books/Products:

The Adventures of Max the Minnow
by William Boniface, Don Sullivan
A small fish sets off to become the biggest fish of all, only to learn to appreciate himself as he is.

Drawing With Children
by Mona Brookes
Founded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages. This is THE BEST learning to draw book we've ever seen. (for ages 3-4 and up)

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life--artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers--have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving.

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