Ocean Creature Art Prints

SeaCreaturePinLearning about the amazing creatures that are found in our world’s oceans can be a fascinating experience for children. The sheer multitude of unique shapes, forms and abilities of sea animals make them a perfect inspiration for art.  Introduce children to various art workd


  • Printing Plates (or styrafoam meat tray)
  • Paint (inking paint is best but we used acrylic)
  • Art Paper to print on (we used cardstock)
  • Brayer or Paint Brushes (see notes below)


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

ArtForms    seahorse4   ArtPrintingPlatesArtFormBrayer

Art Project Tutorial:


Start out this project by exposing children to new artwork for inspiration. You can do a simple online search for images or purchase an art book. We chose this amazing book called "Art Forms in Nature" by Ernst Haeckel

Art Forms in Nature

Look through your inspiration photos and talk with children about patterns, shape, line, etc.....Here is a resource where you can print these images for free

Step 1

Give each child a printing plate and show them how to use a pencil to press into the plate. You'll want your lines to be deep enough so they won't accept ink in a later step.

Step 2

Continue your pattern, filling up your plate

Step 3

Ink up your brayer. You don't necessarily need a brayer for this project but it certainly helps.....and it's lots of fun too. If you don't have one you can use a small sponge brush or even a paint brush to lightly coat your printing plate, being careful not to press paint into your grooves.

Step 4

Using a brayer certainly helps distribute the ink evenly across the printing plate.

Step 5

Turn your printing plate over and press onto your art paper.

Step 6

Starting at the top corner, carefully lift your printing plate off of your paper.

Step 7

Your print is finished!

Step 8

Test your printing plate with varying amounts of ink. You can see that the print on the left had more ink and a darker print.

Step 9

This is a fantastic art project for sea creatures, you might even make a little Ocean scene.

Step 10

You can even use a small paintbrush to ink different colors onto your printing paper, again being careful not to push ink into the depressions.

Step 11

Colorful prints are fantastic for cards or an Ocean Diorama.

Step 12

Monochromatic is just as beautiful in it's own right.

Step 13

When you're finished even your printing plates are a work of art.

Step 14

You can arrange multiple prints and frame them for some beautiful modern looking ark

Be sure to share these prints with friends and family! Birthday cards, framed artwork, bookmarks.....you can really take care of presents for everyone with one art session!


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