Thursday, April 2, 2015

Third Graders Connect Literature, Science & Art

"The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai
Penny Nichols recently taught the 3rd grade class about the artist Katsushika Hokusai. This artist is featured at the Spalding House Art Museum and is best known for her print, "The Great Wave," with Mt Fuji, Japan in the background. The 3rd grade class will see this artist's work at the museum when they visit O‘ahu at the end of April.

Learning about Hokusai's great works tied in with a book the class read earlier in the year, The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck. The book tells of a Japanese family whose village is wiped out by a big wave, or tsunami. Mrs. Liesse tied this in with a science unit on landforms, taking the class on a field trip to view the mountain range at Anahola.

Ms. Penny's students combined what they learned about the artist Hokusai, with their studies of landforms, Kalalea Mountain in Anahola, and the story by Pearl S. Buck, to create their own prints.

Conner Tavares and Kaili Kaui show off their mountain prints.