This year the elementary art teachers were encouraged to use literature as a jumping off point for their Artober Nashville project(s). I used Swimmy by Leo Lionni. In the story collaboration saves the day when the school of fish worked together. I thought that was a great idea to translate to the whole school working together to make a beautiful instillation piece!!
Here is the ArtoberNashville board I made as you enter our school! There isn't a "set" theme...I just made up the Go Deep With The Arts. I thought it was fitting for the fishy theme!!
If you don't have the book Swimmy for your classroom...GET IT! I love many of Leo Lionni's books for the art room. Great inspiration/jumping off points!! I had the students use a tracer to create the fish so they were the same size. I made them double sided..so I had to have them almost the same.
I often get wild ideas, but am not 100% sure how to accomplish them. I originally thought about individually hanging each fish on a rod or something and then placing that in the ceiling tiles. I quickly realized that was not going to work for MANY MANY REASONS!! I ended up going back to my old friend, wire hangers, to hot glue the fish to & then hang it from the ceiling tile braces.
Where would I be without wire hangers and hot glue?!!?!?
These are only a handful...I have 16 "schools" of fish
hanging in the lobby of our school!!