Art Classes: Level II


Level II-Art Lesson 3: The Japanese Goldfish


Learn to draw a fish based on a Japanese yard lantern

Art Lesson Description:

We found this cast iron fish on a number of places in the western United States—on the front steps of a Washington home and decorating the awning of a café in Oahu, to name a few.

The simple design of the fish with its repeated pattern of scales makes it easy to introduce the idea of a motif in art, and the uniform rusty brown finish almost begs for color.  Put motif and color together, and you have a wonderful art lesson!

After the warm-up, the guided drawing lesson invites a number of opportunities for individual interpretation and for experimentation with motifs.  At the end of the lesson, you will color the fish with magic markers as you invent more motifs—this time in color.

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List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 fine tipped black magic marker
  • 1 sheet of 8” x 10” color laser glossy paper
  • 1 goldfish warm-up
  • 1 set of washable markers

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • Art: Look at Escher's painting, Fish and Boat to enjoy a different view of a fish like the one you painted.

Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 25 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 60 minutes

 


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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