‘Secret’ Rainbow Fish for Kindergarten
Looking for a kindergarten art lesson? Try this line lesson based on the popular book ‘The Rainbow Fish’.
constructionpaper 12″x18″ (use paper sturdy enough for watercolor)
- white crayons
- watercolors: purple, blue and green (cool colors)
Day 1: Draw
Using Sharpies, students draw the outline of the fish as a step-by-step. I tell students to draw a large ‘rainbow’ for the back, ‘smile’ for the belly, and triangle for the tail. We divide the body with a few vertical lines.
Kinds of Lines
Each section is filled with a different kind of line. We use
- zig zag
Add SECRET (white crayon) lines
Now for the SECRET! Use the white crayon to add more lines around and in-between your black lines (the white lines are hard to see and therefore ‘secret’). For best results, encourage students to press hard with the white crayon. Tell students you will tell them the secret when we paint the fish.
Day 2: Paint
Paint with purple, blue and green watercolors. Listen to the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as the SECRET lines pop out from the watercolor. It is OK for colors to overlap (the cool colors mix beautifully).
Do you have a favorite story book for kindergarten art?
NOTE: This post was updated on 9/2/13.