Students in grades 4-6 created the contrasting color fish. We began by creating a stencil of a fish to outline. Students were to draw a fish with lots of details- fins, tails and an interesting shape. Students then traced the fish several times on the page in a way that shows visual balance. We then added lines that mimicked the movement of water throughout the composition. The fish were colored in with warm color markers and blended using a wet brush. Blue is opposite orange on the color wheel, so mixing different values of blue for the background created a nice color contrast to make the fish standout. Students learned how to create tints and shades of blue and again placed them on the composition in a way that shows balance. This was a great project to get students thinking critically about how to apply the principles of design to create a successful artwork.