Great Waves

Term: 3 Year: 2017

Year 3 and 4 students from Rosanna Golf Links Primary School explored the artwork ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ by Katsushika Hokusai. Initially, students discussed the design elements and the wood block printing technique used by Hokusai and that multiple prints were made.

The students began with sketching outlines of shapes of the wave foam, blue water, boats, Mount Fuji and sky. To position these elements with some accuracy, students drafted grid lines on cartridge paper matching a similar grid on an image of ‘The Great Wave’. With sketches colour-coded, students used oil pastels for striped areas of blue water. Then, block water-colours were added for sky and boats.  Thick white acrylic paint was dabbed on the tops of the waves to create a first layer of foam. Using their mix of pale blue acrylic, shadow and depth were added to the foam, by stippling the lower edge. Finally, with full permission to splatter runny white acrylic with a toothbrush (everywhere!), students lit up their piece with great foamy ‘spray’.

Artwork provided by
Gayle Willmott
Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

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