We have a large Filipino population at school, so it was great to tie the lesson into their home culture and family roots. Abdulmari has been making sculptures and brightly colored paintings for many years. One of his main subjects is fish because he was a fisherman before becoming a professional artist. His work ties in well with my current focus on shape with the first graders and it also built on their knowledge of primary colors.
I shared some of his work with the students and then focused on the painting below.