Learning art skills and techniques
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from Grandma Bird series
- Wider learning opportunities: Art: techniques
- Vocabulary: Subject vocabulary: art
This process introduces children to the techniques illustrators use to create particular effects.
- blue, black, and white paint.
- mixing palettes, brushes, and water for colour mixing.
- download the ‘Stormy Seas’ slideshow
Start by encouraging close looking at the illustrations
- How does Benji Davies create the storm? Challenge the children to see if they can see how the brush strokes are made. (They are created digitally but mimic painting with a brush and paint).
- How can you tell that it is raining? Notice how the lines of rain are very different from the shapes created by the swirling waves.
- Can you see the different colours that Benji Davies has used?
Colour mixing technique
Starting with the blue paint (pure colour), show the children how to make progressively lighter tints by adding white. Make 2 or 3 different tints of blue
Now start with the pure colour blue and add black paint to make progressively darker shades. Make 2 or 3 different shades of blue.
Allow time for children to mix their tints and shades of blue by adding white or black to pure colour.
Now show how they can use different brush strokes and the tints and shades of blue to create a picture of a stormy sea. Try different brush strokes to create swirling water and driving rain.
Introduce subject vocabulary, as appropriate, while you explain the process of colour mixing. Once introduced, use the vocabulary regularly when talking about colour and colour mixing.
Look at and compare how different artists have created stormy seascapes. For example:
- Monet Seascape Storm
- Hokusai The Wave
- Turner Stormy Sea with Blazing Wreck
mixing, tint, shade, dark, darker, light, lighter
The Great Wave
On a stormy winter’s day, a baby boy, Naoki, is swept into a fisherman’s boat by a great wave. Years pass, but still Naoki does not grow. Must he return to the ocean in order to become a young man? The answer arrives in the form of a mythic fish. Japanese artist Hokusai is one of the world’s most celebrated printmakers. His famous woodcut, The Great Wave, epitomizes the artist’s characteristic techniques and themes. A stunning reproduction of the woodcut itself is featured in the book, supplemented by information about the artist and his work. At once modern and classic, The Great Wave introduces young readers to a beloved artist and his timeless portrayals of nature and transformation.
Painting Stormy Seas
Use this slideshow to look closely at the different techniques that painters have used for painting stormy seas. What colours did they use? Can you see how they used brush strokes?