If you have not seen the work of contemporary artist Sandra Silberzweig, I recommend you stop right now and go to her site. Her art is colorful, dynamic and beautiful and much of it is perfect for students to imitate. She also does some fantastic faces that are reminiscent of Picasso.
My Grade 4 students needed something fun and colorful (or maybe it was me) so we looked at Sandra’s work. We learned that she has synesthesia which is a condition where one type of stimulation evokes the sensation of another an example would be when a synesthist hears a sound, it also produces a visualization of a color.
We discussed color theory: primary, secondary, complimentary, and analogous color and created these images in her style.
The students told me there is a book many of them have read called A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass and some of them have also read Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper both books have characters with synesthesia.
I think these fish came out beautifully. One of the teachers told me she is saving them to put up when the students study biomes.