$7.00

The Great Wave Art Lesson & Video

Inspired by the book The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget and the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, my fourth grade kids created the most beautiful paintings.

 

Many of the art projects I introduce to my older students introduce an artist or an art movement. Sometimes these lessons require 3-4 class sessions to finish. I’m happy to say that his lesson is an exception. Introducing Katsushika Hokusai and his woodcut print, The Great Wave of Kanazawa, was contained within two, 45-minute art sessions. How great is that!

 

The trick to the quick completion of this lesson was not cutting corners on the introduction of the artist or hurrying the children along, it was due to two things: a very easy drawing and cake tempera paints.

 

This lesson will show you how to create a beautiful interpretation of Hokusai’s The Great Wave print.

 

About the Video

The 8-minute video takes a look inside Massenot’s book “The Great Wave” and shows how to break down the drawing sections into three distinct parts. I demonstrate just how easy it is for kids to re-create a simple version of The Great Wave and set-up for painting.

$7.00

The Great Wave Art Lesson & Video

Inspired by the book The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget and the painting The Great Wave off Kanazawa by Katsushika Hokusai, my fourth grade kids created the most beautiful paintings.

 

Many of the art projects I introduce to my older students introduce an artist or an art movement. Sometimes these lessons require 3-4 class sessions to finish. I’m happy to say that his lesson is an exception. Introducing Katsushika Hokusai and his woodcut print, The Great Wave of Kanazawa, was contained within two, 45-minute art sessions. How great is that!

 

The trick to the quick completion of this lesson was not cutting corners on the introduction of the artist or hurrying the children along, it was due to two things: a very easy drawing and cake tempera paints.

 

This lesson will show you how to create a beautiful interpretation of Hokusai’s The Great Wave print.

 

About the Video

The 8-minute video takes a look inside Massenot’s book “The Great Wave” and shows how to break down the drawing sections into three distinct parts. I demonstrate just how easy it is for kids to re-create a simple version of The Great Wave and set-up for painting.

Take a peek inside this lesson PDF

 

About the PDF: The 14-page PDF lesson plan includes the following:

  • Introduction to the lesson
  • About the artist bio
  • The Great Wave print (copyright free for educators)
  • About the art
  • How to draw and paint The Great Wave
  • Coloring Page/Drawing Handout
  • Two student galleries
  • Artist statement

A look inside Deep Space Sparkle's The Great Wave Art lesson plan


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Reviews

  1. Meg Bowen

    For starters, I am not an ART teacher. Just a mom who volunteered to do an art project with a class of 4th graders. This project could not have been more successful. Each child had an 11 by 17 piece of paper. We used what we had-watercolors, tempura, and cake tempera. Random brushes-again using what was available. They drew outlines with oil pastels, which I directed from whiteboard after seeing the video and then they moved on to color choices of blues and greens for waves and water. Most chose sunset colors for the sky. Even kids who struggled with art created something beautiful. I really emphasized NOT to paint the white areas, some of the kids blurred lines there, but we corrected that by adding a little blue under the white and it looked fine. Some chose to splash the white paint at the end to add texture, but it wasn’t necessary to create a finished look. IT was amazing. THANK YOU!!! Now, if I could just get a tutorial on the sugar skulls as THAT lesson perplexes me. This art project was the BEST 6 dollars I ever spent.

  2. patkins7721 (verified owner)

    I am an elementary art teacher and Sparkler. I knew this was in here and needed a quick help as I had a terribly sick headache and didn’t think I would make it through the day.
    As part of our content this unit, I had to cover culture and an artist and immediately thought of Hokusai!
    My kiddos loved the lesson, loved Patty’s delivery, they were start struck for a moment-one of my little girls said, “She’s so pretty!” :). Anyhow, Patty’s calm demeanor had them captivated and they all followed along while I sat amazed and watched! This was the magic bullet I needed, they rocked the lesson, were working together at a common goal and left very happy.
    I have had a frustrating start to my year as my building was renovate, some supplies didn’t show back up, supply orders were delayed 2 months out and I was really getting worried that this thing called art wasn’t going to be a success this year!
    Thank you Patty for saving the day with your wonderful lesson Under the Great Wave of Kanagawa and that video! You truly jump started that passion that was MIA.

    • Patty (verified owner)

      Oh my Pat. You are the fuel I needed today. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. I love hearing how the simple act of downloading a lesson and not feeling we have to do it ALL, every moment of the day is resonating. So happy the resources helped. Truly. xo

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