Nature is often a theme of Japanese art. Today, I am giving away two Japanese art coloring books and sharing some Japanese art by Hokusai from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I hope this helps to entertain your kids this summer.
Let’s learn about Ukiyo-e!
The ukiyo-e genre of art flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries The term ukiyo-e translates as ‘pictures of the floating world’.
Some ukiyo-e artists specialized in making paintings, but most works were prints. Artists rarely carved their own woodblocks for printing; rather, production was divided between the artist, who designed the prints; the carver, who cut the woodblocks; the printer, who inked and pressed the woodblocks onto hand-made paper; and the publisher, who financed, promoted, and distributed the works.
The peak period in terms of quantity and quality was marked by portraits of beauties and actors by masters such as Kiyonaga, Utamaro, and Sharaku in the late 18th century. This peak was followed in the 19th century by a pair of masters best remembered for their landscapes: the bold formalist Hokusai, whose Great Wave off Kanagawa is one of the best-known works of Japanese art; and the serene, atmospheric Hiroshige, most noted for the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō.
Combining Art and Science with Hokusai’s The Great Wave
It’s amazing how a single piece of art can have a ripple effect, inspiring others all around the world and for many generations. Hokusai’s iconic blockprint The Great Wave is one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world.
Floating World: Japanese Prints Coloring Book by Andrew Vigar
You’ll find Hokusai’s wood block print, Great Wave off Kanegawa, along with great artists like Hiroshige, Kotondo and Kuniyoshi. This coloring book that also includes art history; each famous block print has a coloring version alongside it. Get a crash course on Japanese art while coloring for relaxation. This is the a perfect summer learning activity! [coloring and art history book, ages 8 and up]
Asian Art for Kids
Boston’s Museum of Fine Art recently exhibited 140 rare works of Hokusai and I took photographs of my favorites here:
Boston Museum of Fine Arts was the first to introduce Hokusai’s prints to the West in 1892-93, so this is a nice homecoming!
A Great Western Art Book
Masterpieces Up Close: Western Painting from the 14th to 20th Centuries by Claire d’Harcourt
I love how this art book for kids focuses on small details that help kids to discover what makes each painting a masterpiece. Biographies of each artist are presented as Lift the Flaps in the back as well. [nonfiction, ages 8 and up]
Art Activity Books for Kids Giveaway
If your child is arty or you just want to encourage art in your home, win one of these great art activity books for kids. Please fill out the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment with your first, second, and third book choice. Thanks!
The Colors of Asia: An Anti-Stress Coloring Book For Calm and Creativity
I am giving away this Asian themed coloring book for de-stressing, calm and creativity. It includes pages reminiscent of Hokusai’s flower wood block prints. [coloring book, ages 6 and up]
Guide to Photography (National Geographic Kids) by Nancy Honovich and Annie Griffiths
This great book features tips and tricks on how to be a great photographer from the pros at My Shot at National Geographic. [nonfiction book, ages 8 and up]
My Nature Sticker Activity Book: In the Age of Dinosaurs by Olivia Cosneau
My Nature Sticker Activity Book: At the Seashore by Olivia Cosneau
Pair this sticker book with my post about tide pools picture books. [sticker book, ages 4 and up]
My Nature Sticker Activity Book: Butterflies of the World by Olivia Cosneau
Pair this sticker book with Multicultural Round Up of Butterfly Picture Books. [sticker book, ages 4 and up]
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