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Hooray for Fish! Oil Pastel Project

Fish Oil Pastel Art Project inspired by Hooray for Fish! from Walking by the Way

We found Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins at the library. Cousins used simple shapes and bright colors to design her fun fish. After reading the book, we wanted to create our own bright, fun fish! 

Supplies for Oil Pastel Fish

Project Instructions

1. Choose a favorite fish from the book for inspiration.

2. Look for the basic shapes of the fish and draw them with a pencil on your white paper. Decide if you will use patterns (spots, stripes, hearts) and where.

3. Color in with oil pastels. 

4. Outline the fish with a black oil pastel. 

5. Cut out fish.

6. Glue fish to a piece of colored construction paper. 

Oil Pastel Fish Gallery

Story Art: Hooray for Fish! Oil Pastel Project

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Cut Paper Monsters Art Project for Ed Emberley Books

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

We love Ed Emberley so much that we had a birthday bash in his honor a few years ago. His style of art has always resonated with Elijah, and the rest of us enjoy it, too.

In looking at his illustrations, I determined I could create a simple art project for the kids to create their own cut paper monsters. It was a hit, and even I enjoyed crafting cut paper shapes into a scary beast.

Story Art: Cut Paper Monsters for Ed Emberly Books from Walking by the Way

Supplies for Cut Paper Monsters

Project Instructions

Read the book with your children. After you finish, look back through the book together and notice the various shapes and pieces used to make the monsters' body parts. 

1. Pick a monster for inspiration.

2. Cut a body shape for your monster.

3. Start cutting more shapes for other body parts.

4. Layer the cut shapes to make monsters.

Helpful Hint: Design your monster before you start gluing.

Cut Paper Monsters Art Project from Walking by the Way

5. Glue everything in place. 

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

6. Glue the final monsterpiece to the big black construction paper. 

Cut Paper Monster Gallery

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

Cut Paper Monster Art Project inspired by Ed Emberley's Monster Books (Walking by the Way)

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The Grouchy Ladybug Mixed Media Collage

Story Art: The Grouchy Ladybug from Walking by the Way

I hosted my nieces for a few days of books, art, and cooking fun. As I was planning for their visit, I found inspiration for this project on Artsonia. It didn't have any instructions, so I decided to deconstruct and reconstruct it. The girls loved their ladybug artworks! 

Literature Connection

This project is perfect for The Grouchy Ladybug and Are You a Ladybug?

Ladybug Books for Ladybug Collage Art Project

Supplies

Supplies for Ladybug Mixed Media Collage Art

Directions for Ladybug Mixed Media Collage

1. Rip piece of brown paper horizontally. This is the dirt. Glue to background paper.

Ladybug Art for The Grouchy Ladybug

2. Cut out strips of grass from the green papers. Glue to the background paper.

Ladybug Art for The Grouchy Ladybug

3. Using oil pastels, draw ladybugs. I gave the girls the option of tracing a circle first. After the circles were traced, I demonstrated how to draw a line across the body. The girls used oil pastels to color one half black and the other half red. Students can determine how many ladybugs they want and the sizes of each.

I took a minute to show them how wonderfully bright yet wonderfully messy oil pastels could be! We used red FIRST and then black so that are red bodies didn't get smudged.

Art Project for The Grouchy Ladybug

4. Add black spots to the ladybugs. A few or a lot!

Ladybug Art for Eric Carle's Grouchy Ladybug

5. Cut out ladybugs. Glue them to the background.

6. Add legs and antennaes with a black marker.

Grouchy Ladybug Gallery

Ladybugs Mixed Media Art Collages

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