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Olympics Challenge Week 2 

There are so many fun events happening in the sea off the coast of Rio this summer. Does your child have a favorite? 

This week we'll begin by looking at Katsushika Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanazawa. This is a woodblock print, so to replicate the inky qualities of the art, we'll use markers. 

Encourage your child to feel free to use Hokusai's style as inspiration, or take their art in an entirely different direction if they have another idea. There's no need to "replicate" this print, but they can if they'd like to.

They can keep or change anything about the art, but the one thing they should do is to incorporate their favorite ocean sport into the composition. This could be swimming, rowing, sailing, or even beach volleyball players in the foreground in front of the sea. If they'd like to invent a sport that isn't part of the olympics, that could be fun, too!

An interesting discussion topic to chat about as they work: These prints weren't considered "real" art, because they were prints and could be replicated. This is a theme that comes up again hundreds of years later with the introduction of Pop Art (specifically with Andy Warhol's prints). Does your child think art that can be replicated should be considered "real" art? Why or why not?

I hope you had fun this week, and there's one more project to look forward to next week. In the meantime, be sure to check out this week's blog post if you haven't already.

Have a great week!