Hokusai- His Life and Art, Stamp Print Art Project and Art Appreciation

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Hokusai's artwork was most recently featured at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston from April to August in 2015. He is a famous Japanese Artist and it started with his early stamp print art. In this packet, there is a description of his life and gradual development of different styles of art in each slide. There are also art appreciation questions that would help you know what to look for when you look at any piece of art. In general, every picture has a story or message to share. Hokusai is famous for his iconic "The Great Wave of Kanagawa". The art activities are to make your own wrapping paper or cover, cards, banner, poster. There is no use of knife and vegetable although those are great. This is an effective tool for oral comprehension, communication, discussion and sharing of feelings and thoughts.

The Preview is uploaded with samples of the slide presentation with 2 pages of the finished artwork for wrapping paper, note cards and wall art.

This goes well with the theme on Asia, Japan, Social Studies, Language Arts on famous artists, Japanese culture and Asian art.
It is a great way to prepare the children before going to an Art Museum so that they can learn the questions to ask when appreciating art.

Objective: 1. To learn about the life and history of a famous Japanese artist named Hokusai.
2.To learn one of the famous art forms: wood block printing and discover how art shows the culture and way of life of people in the past.

This is a story of the life of a famous Japanese artist named Hokusai. He started drawing when he was six years of age. He went to different art schools, learnt the skills of wood carving and wood block printing. He drew many volumes of manga and also painted a hundred views of Mount Fuji.

There are 21 slides in this packet on the Life and Works of Hokusai.
Each slide shows the different periods of art in his life and works.
He was an interesting person and used 'out of the box' ideas for his art, like broom and ink and chicken feet.

Each slide has 1 or 2 questions about the text on the slide. The first ten slides are on the life and works of Hokusai. Slide 11 and 12 are ten questions on Art Appreciation on the Great Wave of Kanagawa. The next eight slides are ideas on using everyday home tools to make a similar effect of "Wood Print Art". In this set, we are going to use simple, safe and effective tools for the art. So there is no use of knives or vegetables, and it is just engraving, so a lot of patterns can be produced.

Each slide shows the steps with photos on how to make your themed wrapping paper or background paper, note cards, wall art for your classroom. It is fun, engaging, cheap and easy to do.

The last slide is a Culminating Task activity: Using the Great Wave of Kanagawa as an inspiration, the child is to draw or compose a piece of art on waves and the ocean. He or she has to decide what the objects are to be drawn in the picture, the mood, tone, colors, and lines. Have the child share his or her thoughts on their art.

I hope you and the kids have fun doing this project. This art project can be used to custom make your wrapping paper or decorative covers for a binder, book or note cards.

Let me know how this slide presentation works for your class.

Thank you.

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