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  • Hi, this is Joelle Meijer.

  • I will show you how to use the book "The Rainbow Fish" as a source of inspiration

  • for a visual arts activity using wax crayons and watercolours.

  • This drawing and painting activity is based on the wonderful book

  • The Rainbow Fish, by the author and illustrator Marcus Pfister.

  • I started by thinly drawing the outline of the fish with a pencil

  • but this step is optional. You can start your picture with crayons right away.

  • I will draw all the important elements of my picture with crayons.

  • I chose to use a blue crayon to draw the outline of the fish, its fins,

  • its scales, the mouth and one eye.

  • Then I coloured some details of the fish with other colours of crayons.

  • For example, I coloured the pupil of the fish in black, the mouth yellow,

  • some scales red and others white. I also drew white lines on the fins .

  • In addition to integrating reading with art activities, this project can be used

  • to talk about science topics such as the physical appearance of the fish.

  • Fish have fins to help them balance and swim in the water. You can also talk about

  • marine life, plants and other organisms in the fish's environment.

  • So you can draw algae and corals of different colours.

  • Still in relation to the science subject,

  • you can explain to children how fish breath under water.

  • With white crayon, you can represent the carbon dioxide bubbles

  • that fish reject while breathing.

  • When you are satisfied with the crayon drawing, it's time to cover the whole design

  • with a thin coat of blue paint applied with a brush.

  • What is interesting with this technique is that the crayon does not absorb the paint.

  • The areas of paper that are not covered with wax absorb the paint

  • while the crayon drawing retains its colours.

  • In the story, the Rainbow Fish is covered with shiny scales of many colours.

  • To represent the shimmering, you can colour the scales using glitter glue pencils.

  • To cover the white scales, I used silver glitter glue

  • while I used various other colours on the remaining scales.

  • In addition to integrating the reading activity with visual arts and a science lesson,

  • this beautiful book also allows you to talk about sharing.

  • For young children, it is not always easy to share but it is something they must learn.

  • To print the illustrated instructions of this project,

  • click on the link below the video.

Hi, this is Joelle Meijer.

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