His home in Giverny, France had 231 woodblocks and Hokusai’s art was one of them. Many of Hokusai’s paintings were primarily landscapes. This inspired Monet to paint landscapes and eventually his waterlilies series.
Keeping with our Thematic Unit : Colors of the Sea, my 1st grade students created these beautiful paintings inspired by Hokusai. We used the wonderful book-
It depicts a huge wave threatening boats off the land of Kanagawa. Many believe that the wave is a tsunami but actually it is a large wave on the open sea. In all of Hokusai’s prints of the wave series, Mount Fuji always appears in the background.
After examining this colorful book and its vibrant images, students created a gray value scale on the construction paper background using various shades of gray pastels.
Students shaded the lower part of their paper with dark charcoal gray, then proceeded with the lighter grays towards the top of the paper.
Next, students took dark blue paint and painted the wave and water. We used the letter “C” to make a wave. After the dark blue, students used a lighter blue on top, then added white to represent the waves. I love seeing the brush strokes in the waves.
Students used a foam brush to create the white crest on the waves.
12 x 18 Various shades of light construction paper
Blue and White Tempera Paint
Keep on Creating! Laura