Discovery artists inspired by sea life

Discovery artists inspired by sea life
Posted on 03/31/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Discovery artists inspired by sea lifeBy Jillian Smalley
Discovery Elementary Art Specialist

This year I wanted to do an art show that would involve every student from every grade at Discovery Elementary. After a lot of thought, I came up with the idea to turn our art room into an aquarium, or as I like to call it "Discovery Ocean." We now have about 16 different species from the ocean represented on our walls.

To create the works of art we used fluorescent paint and neon oil pastels so that we could have a great reaction to the blacklight. I chose these mediums because the ocean is full of bright colorful creatures and plant life, as well as a lot of bioluminescence.

Kindergarteners created their own fish, learning about line/pattern, shape, color scheme, perspective, manipulating the medium (such as painting, drawing, etc.) as well as cut and paste. It took them two to three weeks to finish their artwork.

First graders created jellyfish, learning about manipulating the medium on odd shapes, color scheme and texture. It took them two weeks.

Second graders created a sea life picture, learning about line, shape, color scheme, perspective, manipulating the medium, cut and paste. It took them three to four weeks.

Third through fifth graders created a sea life picture, learning line, shape, color scheme, perspective, manipulating the medium, and creating form in art. This took them four to six weeks.

Through the process of creating their art pieces, our students found joy in the experience and confidence to display their artwork. They also practiced patience and self-restraint as we built up to the big reveal. These are important social/emotional traits that can be learned through the artistic process.
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