Ocean Life Diorama

Grade 4

Karen Stomberg,

Students look closely at photographs of life in tropical coral reefs or under Alaskan oceans. With inspiration from the photographs, students use oil pastels and construction paper to create an under ocean life diorama which includes fish or marine mammals in a habitat.

Objectives and assessment criteria

Students will:

  1. use photographs as resources for their artwork, like many artists and scientists do.
  2. create a diorama with large ocean creatures as the center of interest (for emphasis) and many overlapping layers to create a sense of depth (space) in the habitat.
  3. utilize the repetition of small shapes to create a pattern and sense of rhythm/movement.
  4. articulate similarities and differences in (Alaskan) deep ocean life and tropical coral reef life.