Tuesday, October 14, 2008

An Ocean Art Project

One day during our Ocean unit we decided to read A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, just as a fun go-along. It quickly became a favorite, and we read it over and over again throughout the unit. To remember this special book, we decided to do an art project in the style of Mr. Carle, so we visited his website to learn more about his techniques. After learning how he makes his illustrations, we came up with our own variation to his collage art.

These took three days to complete, but the kids enjoyed the process.

Here's what we did:

Day 1: The kids painted an ocean background of blues and greens. While the paint was still wet, they used the tip end of the paintbrush to draw waves into their oceans.

Day 2: Like Mr. Carle, we used different tools and materials to create unique textures on blank sheets of white paper. (I pre-cut sheets of 20 lb. paper in half so that we had several sheets that were approx. 5 x 8 in.) Each child painted/stamped 5 or 6 papers using a variety of colors and techniques.

Some of the things they used to create the textured papers:

-small squares of carpet remnant
-craft pom-pom's

Superman and Giggly Girl practicing their stamping techniques before making the real deal:

Some of the papers they stamped/painted:

Day 3: I pre-cut templates of different sea creatures mentioned in our story. They traced around these onto their textured papers, cut them out, arranged them, and pasted them onto their ocean backgrounds. (I had to help Giggly Girl with the tracing and cutting.)

The final product:

I was proud of the hard work the kids put into these. They were also very patient with the three-day process!

These ocean masterpieces will definitely be showcased in a little art/nature display area I'm working on. Once we get it all arranged I'll post pictures.

Hope you all have a great week!


  1. Those look FABULOUS! Way to go, guys!

  2. How CUTE!!!! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Shannon those look absolutely gorgeous!


  4. Shannon -- I love the artwork!!

    Thank you so much for your kind words about my post. It has been in my brain for three years wondering how best to write it and still do it justice. The opportunity and words finally came about.

    God bless,

  5. That final view looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'll be checking out yours as well for ideas sice I will be starting FIAR volume 1 very soon. I can't wait!!

  6. These are absolutely wonderful. I love art projects like these. I'll have to try this one out later this year when we do our ocean unit. Thanks for the idea.


  7. Great ocean artwork! Something to be really proud of. Your first shot of the tools you used was helpful...clothes pins for cotton balls to keep the fingers clean...great idea.


  8. Thanks for sharing this at the CoH! What a neat project...and WOW did the final pictures turn out great :) Definitely adding that to our list of ideas~!

  9. Eric Carle is one of my favorite chilren's authors. Those pictures look AWESOME. Great Job!


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