Our first week of school is over, but I still don't have any finished art projects to post about! So, I decided to post about something I did when I was student teaching two years ago. Kids generally respond quite well to Wyland's underwater art, especially his 100 "Whaling Walls". Also, group projects can be appealing when each student's success or grade is not dependent on the work of others.
This lesson was for 7th grade, and each student did a section of a "mural". They had to measure to make sure that everyone's horizon line matched up, and I assigned their sky colors. The edges are blue, which fades into violet, to pink, to red, to orange, to yellow, and the middle student had to paint the sun on the yellow part of the sky. The different brands of watercolors didn't match up very well, unfortunately, but the kids were very creative in making their fish interact with those of the person next to them. Despite difference in colors, I really liked the end result of this project, especially now, since my elementary students can't do things like this in the time I have with them! There's a big difference between 18 kids in a grade verses 90 kids in a grade!
I have modified this lesson for elementary school, and did a similar lesson with my 4th graders last year, but I wasn't able to make it into a group project.