Under the sea nets

Rain – beaux ( art project)

I taught an art and craft class to a group of young kids recently.
We did an under the sea theme and had collected all the plastic sacks that oranges come in. Often red onions come in them too.

It was a delightful little class project and ideal as an idea to do with younger kids or preschoolers.
I wish I’d saved egg shells and washed and crushed them. I once did an under the sea project as a kid and I vividly remember the teacher sticking down the egg shells as the murals sea bed.

Masking fluid is great way to do sea weed. Blow it with a straw on the canvas. Then dry with hair dryer. Then wash over it with blue ink or food colouring. Dry it again. Peel off the masking fluid as seen above. It is liquid latex that dries and comes off like mozzarella cheese.

Just before Christmas I did a huge birthday mural for a pre-school in the Hunter Valley. One of the themes was ‘Under the Sea’. I blew the masking fluid in this way to create sea weed.

But that’s a bit complex compared to the simple under the sea craft we were tackling in the little pre-schoolers art class.

First each child drew with a white wax crayon on some paper. Making all the marks for sea weed and the ocean floor and the outlines of fish.
Next step was to wash through this with blue food coloring. The painted wash resists the wax and creates a lovely effect.

While still wet, get the kids to paint in darker blue at the bottom of the picture to signify the sea bed.
Next step is to dry the back ground. I always use hair dryers in my classes as its quicker than waiting for the sun to dry it and lately there has been sooooo much rain here in Sydney.

Next step was to use the plastic orange sacks and begin to put them over the fish to indicate fishing nets.
The kids used split pins to press through net and paper to attach.

I gave them fabric to cut up and use as well as leaves from the garden to make fish (as seen above).

This is an octopus caught in a net and a sword fish. Love it.

This was one of my favourite ones. Five year old Annabel did sea urchins out of fabric and overlaid a net.

The boys loved doing all the fish and collecting leaves in the garden and sticking netting over “their catch”.

One of the girls did a mermaid with scales. Love the coconut bra. Lol.

Another simple idea is to do this same concept but do butterflies, blue sky and nets.
Very simple but an effective craft they love to do.

So next time you get a bag of oranges or onions, save the plastic netting for your kids next craft.
Love to see photos of what others come up with if you want to send them to me.
Welcome also to all my new blog followers recently.
Happy crafting
Xxx Jo



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2 responses to “Under the sea nets

  1. Marg

    Great idea Jo. I know my girls would love this. Fab too that we have most of the materials too so could do it TODAY!

  2. Charlene

    Hi Jo,
    So wonderful to visit your “beautiful” blog site… after meeting you with my friend Robyn yesterday… You are to be congratulated..not only in coming up with something soo delish but this is my first time ever… leaving some kind of comment on any kind of social media!! I guess it’s gotta be a year of firsts 🙂 in more ways than one!!
    Look forward to more.. keep up the good work…
    From Charlene

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