FREE ART LESSON + PROJECT FOR KIDS

DRAW A GREAT WAVE

Learn to draw a great wave inspired by Katsushika Hokusai's print titled, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. We'll incorporate complementary colors using oil pastels as we color in the wave, foam, and sunny background.

My favorite part about this project... there are no mistakes in art! Have fun creating this huge, huge wave.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • White paper

  • Colored pencils (blue and yellow)

  • Oil pastels (light blue, dark blue, light yellow, dark yellow, orange, and white)

  • Paper towel or scrap paper

  • Cloth/paper to protect table

Need art supplies? Check out my suggestions for budding artists: Art Supplies

TIME NEEDED

The video is approximately 15 minutes, but the actual project may take closer to 30 minutes. Remember, this video can be paused at any point if you need more time to complete a step.

AGE LEVEL

This art lesson + project is for all ages but geared towards the elementary level.

YOUNGER STUDENT OPTION

Have a preschooler or younger child who wants to create alongside their older sibling but is not quite ready to follow along with the video? A printable version of the great wave drawing is available (free!). Print the pdf copy and encourage your child to trace and color the drawing: Great Wave Coloring Page.

PARENT/TEACHER TIP

Want to use a different medium? Go ahead and switch out the oil pastels for colored pencils.

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