Monday, March 19, 2012

Hokusai Watercolors

My older students learned about Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese artist most famous for his series of woodblock prints titled "36 views of Mt. Fuji." His most famous image is The Great Wave, but I gave my students a several images in the series to take inspiration from. We worked in watercolor and tried to capture Hokusai's style and attention to detail. We also had to have patience to create washes and let them dry before adding more elements to our paintings. I love the combination of pencil lines kept, and ones painted over in small brush strokes of watercolor.


Chesterbrook Academy Elementary said...

Great interpretation of Hokusai's work.

Lovely compositions, soft beautiful colors.

Barbara's Thought of the Day said...

These watercolors are beautiful.
Nice work artists!

Lauren said...

Hello, I am doing the same thing with my grade 8's right now!! Do you have any lesson details? I would love to see it. Did they do the sketch under the water color wash or on top?

Renée Collins said...

Thanks everyone! The kids did a light sketch on their watercolor paper first, and then washes of watercolor on top. They added details in watercolor after washes had dried.