Fishy Tale

While working with all this technology, I realised that some technology becomes obsolete. Sometimes very quickly.

I introduced the idea of an art project using and recycling materials using ‘old’ technology to the year 9/10 studio art class.

While brainstorming ideas for the large scale outdoors project one of the students mentioned their love of children’s books and their favorite: The Rainbow Fish. The students decided that this would be a good theme to draw together, and interest both primary and secondary students within the school. My brain began to race, how can I fit this in within the recycling materials boundary I had set, and make an attractive large scale artwork for the benefit of the school? What can we possibly use to create the look of the original illustrations and remain true to the originality of the student’s artwork as well? Then it dawned on me! Compact Disks! They would make lovely rainbow fish-scales and use up a load of obsolete, not working cd’s in the school and as it turned out in the wider community.
We are still working on the fish but we will soon have a whole ‘school’ of them swimming up high on a wall to brighten up an otherwise dull space. Watch this space to see the progress.


(above) Stage one and two of one of the fish.

Fish 1

Another of the ‘school’ nearing completion, we are discovering that the tails need to be reinforced somehow, so they won’t weaken and possibly fall off. Serious problem solving is required combined with working alongside the students in systems technology. In the top left hand of the above image it is possible to see the fishes eye being worked on before it is attached permanently.

fish 2

Just a few more details now and this little fish will be finished. Isn’t she cute?


The group that made this fish decided to emphasise the eyes by creating eyelashes

and a eyelid. They trialled various media and methods before settling on this version.

Bright pink fishlips add to the effect. A few more detail to be added and the fish face will be complete



D Regan
Hawkesdale P -12

4 thoughts on “Fishy Tale

  1. ‘The Rainbow Fish’ is a book which is well loved at our school too. I think the art work that you have created is interesting and unique. It is amazing what a few ideas brought together can produce. Well done!

  2. Congratulations to you and the kids Denise. The finished product looks sensational hanging on the wall in the library. It has been a fun journey to follow and it must be extremely rewarding to see those cheeky little fish, delighting us all. Well done.

  3. Thank you Angela and Marg.
    I was so excited when I saw them up on display, swimming on the blue wall. Faye said the preppies and grade ones were fascinated by the colour and size, and asked lots of questions about them. πŸ™‚

  4. hello…..
    Ms regan I really liked doing these fish..
    they look sensational in the library…. πŸ˜† πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

    thankyou for teaching me art I had a fabulous time……….

    FLick πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ;0 πŸ˜†

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *