Aquarium Art For Kids

Practice drawing skills, learn to color wash, and add non-paint elements to your artwork in this aquarium art for kids project.

aquarium art project

You need:

  • White drawing paper (slightly smaller than the construction paper)
  • Plastic wrap
  • 1/2″ x 12″ strip of black construction paper
  • Two 1/2″ by 10″ strips of black construction paper
  • Blue tempera paint and brushes
  • Construction paper
  • Water
  • Tape
  • Crayons (or oil pastels)
  1. Color an aquarium scene on the drawing paper. Draw fish, plants, snails, sea stars, turtles, crabs, shells, a diver, an anchor–anything you want in your aquarium. As you color it, make the colors vivid by pressing down hard.
  2. Mix some blue tempera paint with a little water and quickly brush it over your whole picture. You don’t want to cover up the picture so go easy on the paint. Just a a thin layer.
  3. After your paint dries, stick your painting down on to a bigger sheet of construction paper. Then tape some plastic wrap over the whole thing, securing it on the back.
  4. Now glue the black strips around the sides and bottom of the paper, giving your aquarium its edges. Leave the top open to make it look like a real glass aquarium.

Sea Life Art Project

*If you want to, you can use fish stickers too. You might even want to get some tiny pebbles or sand to glue on to the bottom of the picture before you cover it with plastic wrap. Your aquarium will come to life!

Here are a few fun books for little ones to go along with this project:

Additional Layers:

  • Use a how-to-draw tutorial to learn how to draw specific types of real fish.  You can find drawing tutorials easily by searching online.
  • The books we recommend in this EXPLORATION are all fun kids picture books, but you could go all scientific too and get kids books on fish and the ocean too.
  • Read aloud to your kids as often as possible.  The number one advantage kids can have in life is parents who care and make an effort to teach and train them.  Money is almost inconsequential compared to love.
  • If you an go on a trip to a big aquarium, like this one Karen’s family did in Salt Lake City.


  1. That sounds like fun. I love your art projects. I found a great book called, How tMake a Cherry Pie and See the USA." It is very cute and talks about different states and a whole lot of other things. I really like it.

  2. I did this project and the marble art posted a couple days ago with my cub scout group on Wed. The kids loved it, especially the marble art.

    I used marble art to teach about primary and secondary colors and I used the fish tank to teach about line and drawing using shapes . . . we practiced making different fish shapes.

    Thanks for the good ideas.

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