"The Great Wave" - Hokusai
Thursday, March 24, 2016
3rd and 4th Grade - "The Great Wave"
This lesson was inspired by a wood block print created by the Japanese artist, Hokusai. This is a very famous work of art that I am sure you have seen before. The students viewed a number of prints by Hokusai and had small-group discussions about what they noticed about the pieces and the similarities and differences between them. We came to the conclusion they all had a big mountain in the background (Mt. Fuji), and they were all outdoors scenes that had a lot of blue in them. When it came time to draw and then paint their version of "The Great Wave", the students learned about how you can take one value of watercolor paint and make it lighter using more water. They also learned about the different parts of a strong landscape or seascape piece- foreground, middle ground, and background. Since the waves are blue, the students made sure to paint their background with only warm colors to contrast with the cool, blue wave. These waves were very carefully painted and oh so colorful!