Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese
Öban tate-e: 14 13/16 × 10 1/8 inches (37.6 × 25.7 cm)
The Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White Collection, 1958
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- What is the biggest thing in this landscape? What do its shapes remind you of?
- How many people can you find?
- Do you feel close to the waterfall or far away from it? Why?
- Make two lists of colors: one for the colors of the water and another for the colors in the surrounding landscape. Now look at the people. What colors did Hokusai use for them?
- Would you like to visit this place? Why or why not?
Art Project: Relief Printmaking
Have students sketch a design to make a print. Using a sheet of Styrofoam (available from art supply catalogues, or use trays from the supermarket), students can draw their design into the surface of the Styrofoam with a pencil. Next, using a roller, students can apply a water-based printing ink to the surface. Place a sheet of paper over the inked Styrofoam and rub gently and firmly. Then students can peel the paper away to see their printed design. Reapply ink to the Styrofoam to make multiple copies. If Styrofoam is not available, students can draw small designs into a half of a potato with a pencil and proceed the same way.
Have students transfer a sketched design onto a linoleum block. Using linoleum cutters, students can cut into the block, removing all the linoleum that they do not want to appear in the final design. Apply printing ink to the block with a roller, or brayer. Next, students should lay a piece of paper over the block and apply even pressure to create a print. A wooden spoon or baren can be used for better pressure. Reapply ink to print multiple copies. Have students sign and number each print.