Katsushika Hokusai Art Lessons

Art Projects and Curriculum

Student Artwork Showcase




Ink, Water Color





About Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist and printmaker. Born in 1760, he is best known for his series of woodblock print designs known as "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji," which includes the famous print, "The Great Wave off Kanagawa." Hokusai was a prolific artist and produced thousands of works over the course of his lifetime, including portraits, landscapes, and erotica. He was also a master of several printmaking techniques and his works are celebrated for their technical mastery, as well as their imaginative and captivating subject matter.

Hokusai's works had a significant impact on the development of both Japanese and Western art, and he remains one of the most famous and beloved artists of his time. Today, his works can be found in major museums around the world and continue to be celebrated for their incredible beauty and innovative quality.

Katsushika Hokusai Art Lesson & Art Activity Projects for Elementary Students

Students learn about the life and background of Katsushika Hokusai. They learn about the importance of Asian art and investigate Hokusai’s beautiful landscapes and the famous “Great Wave.” Students then explore Hokusai by painting a bamboo composition on white paper with black tempera ink. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught

Line, Composition

Art Activity Emphasis

Bamboo Branches, Value

Vocabulary Learned

calligraphy, contrast, detail landscape, negative, stamp

Student Art Supplies

Watercolor Brushes, Watercolor
Hokusai Artist Art lessons

How the Art Program Works:

1. Assembly

Introducing the Masters—Multi-Purpose Room or Classroom (20-45 minutes)

2. Student Worksheets

Learning from the Masters—Classroom (15-30 minutes)

3. Student Art Projects

Working with the Masters—Classroom (50-60 minutes)

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See Why Everyone Loves Meet The Masters

Meet the Masters Art Program and their teachers have been a wonderful addition to Las Palmas Elementary School. Our students love the engaging discussions about art and famous artists and greatly enjoy the actual art projects. The students are a part of raising the funds each year to keep the program going and they love hearing they have reached the amount and art is returning. Meet the Masters is an easy to implement program at any school, highly organized, and worth the money.

Kristen Nelson
Principal, Las Palmas Elementary School, San Clemente, CA

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  • Implementation guide to manage scheduling, volunteers & communication
  • Multi-level, age-appropriate curriculum for all seven artists in this track
  • Engaging PowerPoint visuals that include vocabulary, art concepts & music
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  • Hands-on technique worksheets, art project details, art prints, games & props

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