Sea Sailing Adventure

“Hark, now hear the sailors cry, smell the sea, and feel the sky, let your soul & spirit fly, into the mystic…” -Van Morrison

This is a great project that involves painting, cutting and colour theory. It also goes along with a lesson on the ELEMENTS & PRINCIPLES OF ART:
– Sea: composed of lines which demonstrate a sense of rhythm
– Sky: contrasting colours with the water and consists of different values
– Sunset: composed of shapes placed in a pattern, creating a sense of balance
– Sailboats: different sizes create space (perspective), proportion and emphasis (focal point) 
– Additional ornamentations: Tin foil is placed in various parts to add texture and make the work more unified and captivating


Duration: 1.5-2 hours

– Watercolour Paper & Paint
– Black contour pen
– Construction paper
– Scissors
– Glue stick & White glue
– Tin foil 

– Cotton balls
– Pipe cleaners

Students can start by sketching the layout of thier design in pencil, then adding watercolour paint to the background and water. While waiting for the paint to dry, they can cut out shapes using construction paper to emphasize specific objects such as a tree, boat, or sun. After gluing their objects on, they will add designs (lines and patterns) to the water with a black pen. Finally, finishing touches can be made by incorporating other materials like tin foil, cotton balls or pipe cleaners.

Here are some creative examples: