Tissue Paper Fish

7 Days (55 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.2 Develop an idea, question, or problem that is guided by the
personal, historical, contemporary, cultural, environmental,
and/or economic contexts of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

P.4 Perform, present, exhibit, publish, or demonstrate the
results of the artistic/creative process for an audience.

R.1 Observe, describe, reflect, analyze, and interpret works
of the visual, performing, or applied arts.

Objectives:
  • Students will create an underwater picture of a fish using tissue paper after learning about Georgia O'Keefe.

  • Students will learn about the artist Georgia O'Keefe.
Vocabulary Words:
overlapping, Georgia O'Keefe, texture

Preparation:
Have pictures of different fish, copies made of Georgia O'Keefe biography, assorted colors of tissue paper cut for each student.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of the project
  • tissue paper (a variety of colors – extra blue and green)
  • 12x18” white paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • examples of Georgia O'Keefe's artwork
  • Georgia O'Keefe biography worksheet (one copy per student)
  • rough draft paper
  • pictures of fish
Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • Read about and discuss the artist Georgia O'Keefe.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
Procedure:

Day 1:
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Teacher will show examples of the project.
  • Class will read about Georgia O'Keefe.
  • Students will draw their rough draft; including one large fish, seaweed that is overlapping, and sand.
Day 2:
  • Students will trace their rough draft drawing with a dark marker, then trace their artwork with pencil onto the white paper. Students will begin to “color” their artwork by gluing on small, torn pieces of tissue paper.
Day 3:
  • Students will continue to glue tissue paper.
Day 4:
  • Students will continue to glue tissue paper.
Day 5:
  • Students will continue to glue tissue paper.
Day 6:
  • Students will continue to glue tissue paper.
Day 7:
  • Students will finish gluing tissue paper to their artwork and turn their project in.

Resources:

Lesson adapted from Judy Decker