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In addition to the rubber
fish (available on a loan basis, locally, from WHOI Sea Grant or
for purchase from Nasco Arts and Crafts, 1-800-558-9595, and other
suppliers), you'll need the following supplies before getting started:
- Newspapers to cover tables.
- Smocks. We suggest using
water-based paint, but it's a good idea to wear smocks or old
shirts -- just in case!
- Small paper or plastic
plates and spoons for distributing paint.
- Paint. Non-toxic finger
paints are available from numerous suppliers including Nasco Arts
and Crafts (1-800-558-9595) or Rex Art (1-800-739-2782). Keep
in mind that only small amounts are needed -- approximately one
heaping tablespoon of each color -- for each fish printing station
(6-8 kids per station).
- Paper. Use 8.5" x
11" paper for smaller prints and 8.5" x 14" or
11" x 17" for larger prints. Copier paper works fine
but you may want to use rice paper (also available from the art
supply companies listed above) for special prints.
- Paper towels, trash bags,
and a sink for clean-up.
Now that all of the supplies are in place, let's paint!
Before inviting students to
the tables, you may want to get the basics out of the way. Begin
by covering each table with newspaper. Distribute the fish by placing
a variety of species at each station. A plate of each paint color
should also be placed on the tables.
Once students are at their
places, with smocks on, it's time to demonstrate the painting process.
Place a small amount of paint on your fingertip and spread it evenly
over a portion of the fish. A thick, heavy coat of paint does not
make a clear print. Encourage students to use as many colors as
they'd like to cover the entire fish, but remind them that a complete,
thin coat of paint will do the trick. Have students select a fish
and get started.
After the students are satisfied
with their paint coverage, provide a piece of paper to transfer
the print. Keeping the fish flat on the table, place the paper directly
over it and press gently. Be sure to press the entire fish but not
to nudge or move the paper. When done pressing, slowly peel back
the paper and presto! Each print will be unique in size, shape,
and color. Before setting aside to dry, write the student's name
in the corner for easy distribution at the end of the day. There's
no need to clean fish between prints, so let's try another…
Now that all of the prints
are made, and there are messy hands and fish everywhere, it's time
for clean-up! Paint should wash easily off hands with soap and warm
water. The fish are just as easy. Using your hands, gently rub the
paint off under warm water. Dry and wrap individually in paper.