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Crayon Resist Fish Inspired by Swimmy

Crayon Resist Fish Inspired by Swimmy
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Students will become aware of the illustrating style of Leo Lionni as they create a crayon resist underwater scene after reading the book, Swimmy.

By Vera Trembach [Vera is an artist from Saskatchewan Canada]




  • Students will become aware of the illustrating style of Leo Lionni and create an underwater scene.


  • Students will learn to appreciate the art created not only by them, but by others as well.

What You Need:

Swimmy by Leo Leonni

What You Do:

  1. Read the story – Swimmy by Leo Lionni.
  2. Go back to the beginning and study the illustrations with the children.
  3. Children draw fish and underwater detail with wax crayons.
  4. Encourage children to illustrate many fish.
  5. Some may imitate the patterns used by the illustrator.
  6. Cover the paper with a blue paint wash.
  7. Display.

crayon resist fish

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