Ship on a Stormy Sea

In recognition of Columbus Day k/1 worked on a mixed-media project depicting an ancient ship on the ocean. This was an ambitious project for k/1 as it involved multi-step instructions. But it also allowed them to use a variety of mediums such as watercolor paint, tempera paint, colored markers and practice skills, such as cutting and gluing. This project was inspired by a picture found on the Artsonia website

The first step involved painting the sky. This was done by using black and blue liquid watercolor paint. Students were instructed to use horizontal paint strokes across the paper. Another sheet of paper was given to students on which they painted the sea. Blue, green, turquoise and purple tempera paint was provided and students were instructed to paint wavy, overlapping lines across the paper. The next stage was to cut the ocean sheet into strips. These strips were then glued in an overlapping pattern to the sky background. This created a sense of depth and movement. Now, on to the ship! Brown construction paper was used. Students were directed how to cut their paper in order to create the ship’s hull and mast. These were then glued on to to their sky/ocean background. The last step of this projects was to add the sails. These were created by cutting wrapping paper tubes into sections and cutting them again in half. Students were given three pieces which they painted white. These were adhered to their composition with some strong glue.

A challenging project, but I think you’ll agree that the end results were worth it! Well done k/1 🙂

Layne L.

Hunter H.

Gena H.

Jake B.

Everett U.

Emmanuel O.

Lilli N.

Bryant S.

Danny H.

Sydney T.

Amber P.












About stephwheatley

Formerly from Britain, I have lived in the USA since 1989. My qualifications are in library science, but I've had a passion for all things artsy and crafty for as long as I can remember! I became the Primary Art Teacher at Shady Oak Christian School in 2009 and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I teach students at both Shady Oak Christian School and Shady Oak Primary School. It's wonderful to be able to share my passion at a place that believes in the importance of learning through creativity. Please check out the Shady Oak websites at and to learn more about these unique schools located in Richmond, TX.
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