Art Class: Drawing & Painting Freshwater Aquarium Fish

In this ongoing class, we'll focus on a different freshwater aquarium fish to draw or paint each week!
Susan Garrison
64 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
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70 minutes

per class

Once per week

every week


year olds


learners per class

per learner

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
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Class Experience

Your child will learn how to draw specific fish throughout this course.  We’ll also work on techniques to create light and shadow effects and other skills to create the realistic 3D illusions whether we are creating a profile view of the fish or an active swimming position.  This experience will help your child apply that knowledge to other drawings created independently, too.

We won't usually have any homework; however, a child might occasionally need just a little more time to finish some details after our class ends to feel completely finished with the drawing or painting.  I'll often let them know each week which supplies they need the following week and will always post those reminders in our classroom page 2 or 3 days before our class to allow plenty of time to gather items they need for the next class.  

FOR OUR DRAWING CLASSES:  (MOST of our classes will be drawing classes)
Drawing Paper (I'd suggest a sketchbook, but single sheets of paper will also work.)
Pencil & Eraser (Regular #2, HB or drawing pencils instead of mechanical pencils)
Child’s Choice of Colored Pencils, Twistables & Crayons (sometimes a combination of those)
(Oil Pastels May be requested in a few Lessons but crayons could always be substituted)

FOR OUR OCCASIONAL WATERCOLOR LESSONS: (I'll put a note in the classroom page when we need painting supplies.)
pencil, eraser, sharpener
8" x 10" or 9” x 12” Watercolor Paper (please do not use larger paper because it will slow your child’s progress compared to the rest of the group in our limited time together)
A set of Watercolor Paints (simple set of 8 or 16 colors)
A few Watercolor Paint Brushes in different sizes (Very soft, flimsy bristles that bend when placed under a stream of water)
Oil Pastels in a variety of colors (be sure they are not the type that can be blended with water--it would say water soluble or describe that on the package --- instead we want the type that resists water which are most oil pastel sets)
Water in an open cup, can or jar
Paper Towels
Optional Substitution:  (If your child does not already have a set of oil pastels, crayons could be used instead.)

FOR OUR OCCASIONAL ACRYLIC PAINTING LESSONS:  (I'll put a note in the classroom page when we need painting supplies.)

ONE 8"x10" or 9"x12" White ACRYLIC PAINT SURFACE - no larger please (See Several Options Below):
Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panel/Board, or Acrylic Canvas Paper 
(What are the differences? . . . Stretched Canvas has primed (coated white) canvas stretched over a wooden frame & stapled to the wood.  Canvas Panel/Board feels more solid like the canvas is mounted/glued to a stiff cardboard.  Acrylic Canvas Paper is thick, coated paper that is flexible but won't warp and tear as easily as other papers and comes in a pad of multiple sheets.) 

ACRYLIC PAINTS:   (not tempera, not watercolor, not oil)
I suggest as least 1 ounce of several different colors including Blue, Red, Yellow, White & Black plus also Green, Orange, Purple & Brown although your child may not choose to use all of the colors.  (Thicker acrylic paint in tubes are the best consistency for our painting techniques.  If possible, try to avoid using the thinner acrylics in plastic bottles that sound watery when shaken.)  

PAPER PLATE to use as a paint palette. (Optional to use a plastic paint palette instead or even a disposable pie tin)

ACRYLIC PAINT BRUSHES in a variety of sizes.  Include a couple of medium size ROUGH Flat Brushes (looks like a square on the tip but bristles are rough and a little prickly to the touch.  Also include a couple of very small SMOOTH Acrylic Brushes (1 very small Round brush like a pencil tip shape and 1 slender Flat Square Shape)  Please avoid brushes that are flimsy and bend when put under a stream of water. (Those are watercolor brushes instead of acrylic brushes.)

WATER in a metal can, plastic cup or glass jar.

There will be no formal assessment; however, we will always take the time to hold up our drawings and celebrate and encourage each other's progress several times throughout the drawing process and again at the end of class.  This allows me to also see if extra tips are needed during our drawing or painting process and to make sure my pace is appropriate for our specific group of learners.
1 hour 10 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.


Susan Garrison Professional Artist and Teacher
64 total reviews
75 completed classes

About Me

Hi, I'm Susan Garrison, a professional artist who also loves teaching kids!  I've been drawing & painting all my life and teaching children for the past 3 decades.  After earning my BS Degree in Art Education K-12 from Middle Tennessee State... 
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