We began this project with a long, thin piece of white paper. The student each designed and drew one fish, at least as big as their hand. Then, they had to attempt to draw the same fish, with the same shapes and lines, but in different sizes. Each student had to draw at least four fish.
After having all of their fish drawn (some drew 4, some drew 10), they traced over their drawings with crayons.
After using crayon to add underwater details such as seaweed, clam shells, and bubbles, using watercolor paints, the 1st graders painted in their fish with bright colors. During the next class, they used cool colors to paint the background water.
The paintings turned out adorable and in the discussions and creation of the art, we talked about how to draw multiples of the same design, as well as warm and cool colors and appropriate use of supplies.