It was a Japanese themed painting class a few weeks ago. I spoke to the children about artist Hokusai and his painting "The Great Wave".
We also spoke about Koi fish and that they are a symbol of good luck and to never give up. It is said that Koi can climb waterfalls.
I gave the children the choice of painting the Great Wave or some Japanese Koi fish. Most choose the fish, however its actually the wave paintings that caught my attention.
I was lucky to pick up a few oval frames at a good price so the Monday class were lucky to paint on these. For the rest of the classes I used an all time favourite of canvas sheets. These I tape to boards with masking tape. This leaves a lovely white border and ensures the paper stays flat whilst painting. The quality of canvas is far superior to paper. We used acrylic paints since they are thicker and give a good coverage over the canvas.
Here are the results: