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Use your imagination as diving gear as you swim down deep to the ocean floor.
During a unit of study focused on oceanography, invite students to watch videos of underwater explorations, look at photographs and other artwork such as Swimmy. Gather information about the ocean's topography and life. Students keep a list of vocabulary words connected to the study, such as coral, anemone, tides.
Using their imaginations as diving gear, invite students to dive to the ocean floor. Glide into undersea caves, through coral reefs, ocean canyons, and over mountain ranges. Discuss what forms of life are seen there. What does the bottom of the sea look like? Students share their learning in small group settings.
Students cover work areas with recycled newspaper. Use scrap paper to try various watercolor techniques, including these. Sponge painting. Dampen the paper with a clean sponge. Use other sponges to apply Crayola® Washable Watercolors. Tip the paper to blend and mix colors. Crystal patterns. After applying watercolors, sprinkle salt on the wet paper. Watch crystal-like patterns form. When dry, brush off dried salt. Spatter paint. To create wispy, irregular dot patterns, scrape a small piece of stiff cardboard over a stiff, paint-laden brush. Or use a small piece of screen with the edges taped for safety. Straw painting. Blow a large dot of thinned watercolor with a straw held at a low angle to create irregular, spidery designs. Try holding the straw at different angles to achieve other effects.
On a large piece of watercolor paper, students use the selected watercolor techniques to add color and texture in creating a sea environment. For details, use a fine brush tip. Air-dry.
For additional textures, use Crayola Scissors to cut (or tear) shapes from the dry experimental papers and glue them to the dry background with Crayola Glue Sticks.
Add details with Crayola Fine Line Markers.
Students share their artwork with small groups of classmates.
Use ears, eyes, hands and imagination to create a colorful underwater scene as described by a partner.
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