Yesterday, we experimented with making our own fish tessellations.
Today we added some details and colour.
To begin with, we drew eyes, mouths, fins and patterns. One of our boys decided his fish needed sticker eyes.
Drawing details into tessellations helps strengthen children's fine motor skills. Creating patterns and shapes is a very soothing, calming activity. There's no right or wrong way to do it. Just be creative and have fun!
Next we added colour by using water colours. We limited the colours in each piece of artwork to warm or cool hues.
To add some more interest, we experimented with adding salt to the water colours while they were still wet. Our boys loved using the salt grinder which gave their wrists a good work out!
Once the painting was dry, we realised that the fish tessellations didn't really stand out so we traced over the main outlines with a thicker pen.
We also added contour lines around the outside of the fishy tessellations. This is a fantastic drawing activity which really strengthens hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Just like doodling, it's very therapeutic!
We're looking forward to experimenting some more with tessellation artwork.
If you make tessellation artwork, we'd love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to comment on this post or on our facebook page.
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