The great Wave Art Project Kids

Have fun creating your own Great Wave Art Project this summer! Using our wave printable it couldn't be easier to create your own version of this famous piece of Japanese art. Have fun experimenting with paint and learn about value in art along the way. Ready?

Out Big Wave Painting inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa is fun for all ages and perfect as a summer art project. 

The Great Wave was created by the Japanese artist Hokusai around 1830. This artwork is actually a woodblock print!

It's a part of a series named "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" The shapes might seem simple from afar, but if you look at it a bit closer, there're many details that make this art piece so incredibly powerful.

We've included a printable of The Great Wave (scroll down to find it!). It will make this art project much easier, but feel free to try drawing your own version of the big wave if you are feeling creative!

Not only is this art project fun, but it is also fantastic to use as a lesson for introducing children to value in art as we'll be using water to create different shades of blue.

If you want to keep exploring sea crafts, check out our Under The Sea Crafts or if you like being inspired by famous artists have a look at our collection of Famous Artist Inspired Art Projects for Kids!

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa Art Project for Kids

Great Wave Art - Supplies:

  • White paper with wave image printed onto it (we recommend a sturdy paper)
  • Blue food colouring drops
  • Paintbrushes

Big Wave Painting - Instructions:

STEP 1 - Get our big wave printable:

Let's start! First, grab a copy of our great wave printable. You'll find it at the bottom of this post. Then, print it out onto thick white paper and lay out all your supplies so you have everything ready to go.

We'll be making a monochromatic version of the famous The Wave of Kanagawa by Hokusai print in shades of blue. 

For this reason, we recommend having an image of the print nearby. 

You can print one or find one online and have your smartphone or laptop open to refer back to it as you and your little ones work on this project. 

STEP 2 - Let the painting begin!

Begin by using blue food colouring or gel paint in the darkest parts of the painting. To make sure this is the darkest blue, don't water it down at all. 

STEP 3 -  Add water to create a lighter shade of blue

Once you've painted the darker areas in your dark blue, add a bit of water to the blue food colouring so you get a lighter blue, and with this new hue, paint the lighter areas as shown below.

STEP 4 - Paint the lightest parts of your wave art

Water down the blue food colouring even more and use your new shade of blue to paint the lightest parts of your big wave art. 

Now, leave your great wave art project to dry and it's time to display your masterpiece!

Super-duper easy, right? It is so much fun doing this great wave art project, especially watering down the food colouring to create different shades of blue.


To get the great wave printable for free click on the link below to be taken to the Messy Little Monster Shop and use the code - wave. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

great wave printable

We hope you have fun with this kid-friendly big wave art project inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa.  Enjoy!


To download this The Great Wave Art Project  for free click on the link below and use the discount code…….. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

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