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Rainbow Fish


First graders completed their clay rainbow fish this week and I must say they turned out GREAT. We began by reading The Rainbow Fish which is a story I loved as a kid. It has beautiful illustrations, sparkly details, and a great moral: share and you will be happy.



Then, students created a pinch pot out of clay. I reminded them to use their “lobster hands” and gently pinch, pinch, pinch. Students added fins, tails, eyes, and texture to create details.

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After the fish were fired in the kiln, we used watered down tempera paint to create rainbow fish. Students could even use glittery gold to make the special scale!


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This project was incredibly successful and the kids were very engaged and excited about it. I love the way the fish turned out, they look equally adorable and monstrous with so much expression and individuality. 🙂


Author: artwithmsk

Hello! My name is Ms. Katzin and I am an art teacher at an elementary school near Atlanta, Georgia. Teaching art is my passion and I love what I do!

2 thoughts on “Rainbow Fish

  1. This is such a precious idea! That book is definitely a classic – and what a great way to incorporate reading + a fun art project! Those fish look gorgeous. I bet those kids are super proud of their work.

  2. Pingback: Clay with K-3 | Please Don't Eat the Artwork

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