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Hokusai and the Great Wave of Kanagawa

“I have been in love with painting ever since I became conscious of it at the age of six.”

– Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai was born in Edo, Japan in 1760. He was a painter, printmaker and book illustrator who created more than 30,000 finished pieces of art. He changed his name at least 30 times and lived in more than 90 homes.

Hokusai’s most famous piece of art is his woodblock print, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, and was the first piece in his series, 36 Views of Mount Fuji.

The students used liquid watercolours and salt to create the vibrant colours and texture of the wave and sky. The foam on top of the wave was made with white acrylic paint and more salt!

We could almost smell the sea in the air…


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