Japanese Art – Hiroshige and Hokusai


asianscroll1    Third graders studied images of woodcuts created by the Japanese artists Hokusai and Hiroshige. They discussed the fact that both artists were inspired by the natural world and that they often incorporated themes based on the ocean, trees, the four seasons, and the weather. After soaking in the style of these artists they sketched out ideas for watercolor pantings. The drawings were traced with a black outline to mimic the graphic look of the woodcuts. They were filled in with watercolor washes and Japanese calligraphy in the corner of each work provided the finishing touch.

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