I saw an art piece from a school in Wisconsin and thought it would be a fun lesson to do with my third grade students. That blog post is here: Artistic Freedom
We did it a little differently because we only have one hour for lessons and I do not store art because I teach 700+ students over a 6 day period.
Students did a quick paint of the background using watered down tempera for the blue and black watercolor for the night sky. they could add stars or water lines if they chose to.
They created the fish, huts, and any additional items using scrap construction paper. Our staff work room has a huge box for art scraps. Teachers put the end bits from the die cut machine or off prints from the riso as well as other things that could be used for art. That bin gives us loads of paper scraps for projects like this.
I love how this student made a school of fish and a treasure chest. Super creative!
Look at that big fat worm on the fish hook and all the plants on the bottom of the lake!