Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Views of Mt. Fuji" Japanese fans

Dolvin second graders have beautifully completed project 1 of our Japanese art unit.  We studied "the man who painted a mountain," Katsushika Hokusai.  Orphaned as a young boy, Hokusai grew into an artist who fulfilled his childhood dream of creating many views of the "magic mountain," which he could see from his tiny childhood village.
After studying Hokusai's art as well as photos of Mt. Fuji, students created a landscape setting showing the mountain in a particular season or time of day, with the mountain near or far.  We finished off the project with a traditional Japanese haiku.  This is one of my very favorite projects.

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