koi fish drawing class

The spinner explains colour theory well, when it spins you can see how the outer blue and yellow rim turns green and the inner red and yellow rim turns orange. Explain this to the children and let them decide their own colours that they would like to mix and see what they come up with. The other side is a free for all, experiment with different colours, patterns and designs.


Materials required:

  1. A2 white page, 200 – 240g paper. The thicker the better, you can also use watercolour paper but it’s expensive.

  2. Pencil

  3. Eraser

  4. Pastel Crayons

  5. Water Colour Paint (optional)

  6. Acrylic Ink (red, yellow, blue and green needed. Other colours are also welcome if you have more). Ink works well for large areas such as the background

  7. Printout (How to draw a Koi)

  8. Hand towel, each child should have a hand towel (always when working with paint or ink), to dry the brush, dab ink and to clean fingers

  9. Water in a jug

  10. 1 Thick and 1 thin / medium brush

  11. Printouts of koi fish (to show colours) or a Koi Fish video playing on a laptop or screen (optional). Herewith a link to a Koi video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg_RGGieGJo

step by step

Scared that you will forget some of the steps? Download and print a step by step  "cheat sheet" to keep handy whilst presenting your class. Download the PDF here. 

Download the How to draw a Koi Fish PDF here.

Download the Inspiration Sheet here.