No, not fish tacos… we’re talking about taco fish art! Fish are incredibly beautiful, from the bright, vibrant colors of the Regal Tang and Lyretail Anthias to the incredible textures of the Snakeskin Discus and Blueface Angelfish. The beauty of fish attracts millions of snorkelers and scuba divers to tropical waters around the world each year.
The varied and unique colors and textures of fish make them the perfect subject for art studies. From the ancient art of Gyotaku, or fish rubbing, to modern works from painters like Jason Scarpace, artists have long been captivated by fish. There’s even a fish named after Picasso, so the circle is complete.
Our Taco Fish art lesson plan blends sculpting, texturizing, and painting to bring the beauty of fish to stunning 3-D sculptures. Students follow the instructions to create a simple fish structure, then apply one-of-a-kind textures by layering roller patterns. They can even add scientific detail like pectoral and dorsal fins. Finally, they paint their creations with unique designs and patterns to create their own fantastic fish art.
Follow the link above for the complete Taco Fish art lesson plan, including images, step-by-step directions, and a materials list. Suitable for grades 3-12.
Tell us some of your favorite fish-inspired art projects!