Sunday, October 28, 2012

Winslow Seascapes

Third Grade Art Lesson
3 Class Periods
Winslow Seascapes, Third Grade Art Lesson

About the Artist Studied:

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is a self-taught American landscape painter and printmaker.  He is considered a Realist artist.  He began his career by illustrating pictures for Harper magazine and sketching battle scenes during the Civil War (1863).  Homer began traveling in 1875.  He fell in love with the sea and spent the rest of his life painting seascapes.

Winslow Homer

The Fog Warning by Winslow Homer.

Day 1
  • Students prepped their paper by painting it with cool hues to create an ocean.  Several resist techniques were discussed in class to help create textures within the painting.

Day 2
  • Discuss with students the texures created on their paintings.
  • Demonstrate to students how to tear paper and glue it onto blue construction paper to create waves.
  • Show students how to create boats.
Student creating a boat.
Day 3
  • Have students add a mosaic design and sails to boats.
  • Students may add extra embellishments if they see fit for their compositions.

Examples of Student Work:








  1. I`m going to try it with Year 1 when we do our Water Topic. I love the tearing and am sure they will too. It makes for great wave effect. Thank you for sharing!

  2. What did you use for the sails? Was it tissue paper? But how did you glue it on without having the glue areas show through?

    1. I had students carefully use a glue stick to apply to the tissue paper. The glue dries clear.