Japanese artist's work inspires Sandy Lane pupilsBy Jennie Slevin
February 19, 2013
The Great Wave by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, a famous painting created using a wood block, has inspired the artwork of an entire school.
Pupils of all ages, have had their work, from paintings to giant craft projects, on display at Sandy Lane Primary School in Bracknell.
The children from reception classes to Year Six, have focussed half a term of learning on the painting, with the youngest reading books about the sea and the older children writing their own haikus, a traditional Japanese poem.
Susan Tait, head of art, said: “Children have been bringing their parents in all week, desperate to show off their work. We’ve been doing this for one term a year for several years and it’s so creative.
“The children get very engaged in it and it’s all about expanding their understanding of art and the world.”
Each year the school focuses, from Christmas to half-term, on one picture, learning as much as they can from the artist and the subject.