Ocean Collaborative
An Activity for Preschoolers:
This is an interdisciplinary-based curriculum including earth science and the visual arts. Expressive therapies could also be included, if appropriate

Before You Begin:
If possible, arrange for an offsite trip to the ocean and/or gather ocean items to be used in the collage assemblage including sand, pebbles, sea glass and seaweed.

You will need fabric dye, white muslin and textured fabrics along with bric brac items (tulle and terry cloth), tempera paint, tacky glue and model magic clay which can be formed and painted with a tempera and sand mixture, to represent starfish and shells.

Activity Goals:
To develop color recognition
To engage in collaborative artwork and sharing

During on site class, play an environmental (ocean themed) CD while working on the assemblage. Include terminology such as Trompe – L’oeil (a process that creates a 3-d effect on the page), assemblage, collaboration, ocean environment and sea life creatures.

Explore tactile ocean finds.
Dye the muslin fabric the colors of sand, ocean water and sky.
When fabric is dry, cut into small collage pieces and adhere to previously designed background fabric to represent the oceanscape layers of sand and shore, water and sky.
Final layers would include the ocean finds.

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