Winslow Homer

Art Projects and Curriculum

Student Artwork Showcase


Illustration, Realism


Oil, Water Color





Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

Winslow Homer was an American painter and printmaker, best known for his landscapes and seascapes. Born in 1836, he was a major figure in the development of American art, and his works are characterized by their attention to light and atmosphere, as well as their depiction of American life and culture.

Homer was particularly known for his depictions of the sea and the coast, and his works often featured ships, fishing boats, and other maritime scenes. He was also a master of watercolor and his works in this medium are widely recognized for their incredible beauty and technical mastery. Today, Winslow Homer's works continue to be celebrated for their innovative techniques and insights into American life, and can be found in major museums around the world.

Winslow Homer Art Lesson & Art Activity

Homer’s use of value (light and dark) in his masterpieces is explored. Students relive turn-of-the-century Americana through Homer’s illustrations and paintings. Using value with only black, gray and white, the children create a Homer-type composition. Be sure to click through the student masterpieces at the top of this page.

Art Elements Taught


Art Activity Emphasis

Seascapes with Value, Value Tracing

Vocabulary Learned

contrast, horizon, illustrator, realistic, value, watercolor

Student Art Supplies

Oil Pastels, Pencils, Tracing Paper
Art Lessons for Winslow Homer

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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