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Every week in J's class the students are given a topic to talk about in front of their peers. J spends time on the weekend researching a particular topic and putting together a presentation with visuals. Since the Grade 4 students are currently learning about ecosystems, J chose to talk about aquatic food webs. Instead of creating a power point presentation he wanted to draw an aquatic food web.

J loves to draw and he spent a lot of time working on his food web. I especially love his illustrative title. I really love this type of school work, where he is able to research, understand and then present a topic to his peers. And when you throw in a bit of creativity, it is pure fun for a kid. After seeing J's illustrations I decided to surprise him with his own art t-shirt.



1. Iron-on transfer paper (if you are using a dark color t-shirt, use this iron-on transfer paper)

2. Color inkjet printer

3. Scanner

4. Cotton t-shirt

5. Scissors


1. Scan artwork. (You can adjust color/contrast in Photoshop.)

2. Print artwork on to iron-on transfer paper (follow iron-on transfer instructions).

3. Cut out iron-on transfer(s).

4. Iron on iron-on transfer(s) to cotton t-shirt using highest heat setting (no steam). Make sure you press down hard, especially around the edges of the artwork. 

5. Let it cool for 5 minutes. Peel off iron-on transfer.

6. Watch your child smile with pride when he sees his new art t-shirt! (see first photograph)

Reader Comments (4)

I love this Sally!

11.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlair

So cool! I'm definitely going to try this-and I'm totally impressed with your son 's art!

11.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

J, your aquatic food web is brilliant! You must have put a lot of thought and care into it; well done. The shirt's pretty great, too, Sally. :)

11.8.2012 | Unregistered Commentercj

i am so so inlove with the drawings.... SO IN LOVE

11.8.2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa s

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