Say what?
Okay, so you have to realize that we live in a rural area and people are very into hunting and fishing.  Seriously.  I mean very seriously into hunting and fishing.
So where did this project come from?
For some reason I was just sitting and thinking about what first grade could make with clay.  I decided on a fish.  I googled fish and Big Mouth Billy Bass popped up on my screen.  I thought, THAT IS IT! 
Directions:
I gave the kids a small slab.
They cut a fish of their choice.
They used simple tools to make designs in the fish.
About an hour after they left, I attached the fish to a slab.  Then, I put paper towels under each side of the fish so the sides of the fish would prop up, like a real mounted fish.
Later, I carved their name and date on the fish.
I fired.
They painted.
I painted over where I had carved their name and date on the fish.
Here is a look at the process.
What else would I end with?  
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Ever hear of Kimmy Cantrell?  For website, click HERE.  I found Kimmy Cantrell quite interesting because he is a cool artist from Georgia!  Kimmy realized in high school that he had the art thing going in him.  He went to Georgia State University and got a degree in business.  He worked 12 years in distribution management.  After that he ended up accepting a job in rural South Georgia and working there for 20 years.  Then, one day he decided to do clay again and the self taught artist has been making art ever since.  I really like Kimmy Cantrell’s story and his art.

Directions:
This was a middle school project.
I showed this awesome video with Kimmy Cantrell speaking.  Click here.
First, I made the kids sketch their fish and color with colored pencil.
Then, they began the process of using cardboard to make a fish.  I gave options, but told them that they were free to approach the project in their own way.
Most kids cut the cardboard.
They used hot glue guns to get the fish parts all connected.
Glue guns are great, but you really have to plan ahead and have lots of extension cords ready to connect the guns.
Then, they began using oil pastels to color the fish.
Most of the kids’ fish were close to their original rendering.
Check out these colorful fish!

In the video above, Kimmy talked about “breaking the code”.  I just loved that and thought he did a great job in explaining so people could understand why art is how art is.  I hear lots of people talking about Picasso, Pollock, Mondrian, and they say, “I could do that.”  Well, I try to explain this to people a lot.  You could do it, but you did not do it first.  The first are the ones that break the code.  Anyway, I could so relate to this concept.

Have a look at our fish-

The Allman Brothers Band is from Georgia, too.  They sang a song called “Ramblin’ Man”.  I feel like Kimmy Cantrell rambled a long time before he got back to his lifelong passion.  Don’t we all?
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We were challenged with a “Sea” theme for our homecoming week. This is what we came up with as a homeroom. Perks of having Fine Arts Teachers as your homeroom teachers, right? Did we win? Yes, we came in first place. The kids did a great job of putting this together.
Each student was encouraged to create a snorkel mask and design it how they saw fit.
Suppiles were mainly from the scrap box.
We used tape and glue to put it all together and I think it turned out really cool!
Used for photo opportunities with birthday celebrations =) With some of our Fine Arts Teachers
It became a backdrop for Homecoming themed days!
High School Art chose SpongeBob for their underwater themed door!
The holidays are upon us…In the words of Nemo…”Just Keep Swimming!”
and, yes…I am HAPPY TO SEA YOU DROPPED BY OUT BLOG!
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