As part of our second grade ocean theme, my students created a school of fish tessellation. This is the second year I have done this with students, and the display turns out wonderfully. What I like best about this art project is that each fish is unique, just like my students, yet they fit together perfectly in a school, a metaphor for how we stick together throughout the school year. Our bulletin board also educates viewers about the meaning of tessellation and the artist, M.C. Escher. This would be a great beginning of the year art project and bulletin board display as well.
To download directions for making a fish tessellation template, visit Art Projects for Kids. I traced the template for students to cut out. Cutting carefully is key! Then each student used tempera paints to create his/her tropical fish. Finally, a giant googly eye was added.
To create the bulletin board display, simply staple the fish together to form a tessellation. The bubbles you see were made from the excess lamin at the end and edges of lamination jobs. Tip: Place a stack of heavy books on top of fish once dried (before hanging), as they like to curl up.