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How to Draw & Paint Ferry Boats

Growing up on Prince Edward Island offered me the opportunity to travel to the mainland by ferry boat.  We loved discovering which ferry we would ride on and we knew each one down to the smallest details. This was usually the best part of our trip.

I created this 5 minute video to detail a few features of my favorite ferryboat, The Abegweit.

My first grade students had fun looking at a few James Rizzi prints, especially his ocean-themed painting. His animated style of drawing is perfect for kids. We used his ferry boat illustration as our inspiration for this watercolor painting project.

How to Draw & Paint a Ferry Boat

To start, the kids looked a James Rizzi styled boats then got busy drawing. You can do a directed line drawing for the boat but I preferred to show the kids the various shapes involved and let them draw at their own pace.

My first graders used oil pastels, liquid watercolor and pan watercolors on watercolor paper but you can easily use regular drawing paper, markers and even color pencils or crayons to color. The important part of this lesson is the drawing and learning how shapes combine to form recognizable objects.

My advice is to try drawing a ferry boat using your preference for materials and see what happens. In the full version of this lesson, I give my suggestion for materials in order to scale the projects up or down for various grade levels.

Using liquid watercolors, the kids painted the background first then used pan watercolors for the details.

How to draw & paint a ferry boat

Ferry Boat drawing and painting art project

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    5 Comments

  1. Makes me think of our ferries that run between our North and South Island here in New Zealand. Thank you for your instructions, we always love James Rizzi style painting.

    Rachel

    September 1, 2015

  2. This is sooo great! One if my son’s art teachers along the way introduced the class to James Rizzi and every piece inspired by him was different and awesome (we live in NYC so the kids drew buildings). Can’t wait to try the ferry boat. Thanks!

    Heather

    September 1, 2015

  3. Enjoyed video! How did you do that sketch in fast forward? Do you have an app or a good tech person who knows how?

    Karen Graham

    September 1, 2015

    • Hi Karen,
      The magic of video! I use iMovie to edit all of my videos. It’s super easy and free! Check it out.

      Patty Palmer

      September 10, 2015

  4. Great lesson. Of course, all your lessons are great! Suggestion….This would be a good one for your Art School for Kids and the Picasso ones also!

    wharris124

    September 2, 2015

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