"Study of Pictures.––The art training of children should proceed on two lines. The six-year-old child should begin both to express himself and to appreciate, and his appreciation should be well in advance of his power to express what he sees or imagines.PICTURE-TALKStep II.––Give them the picture... to look at, and ask them to find out all they can about it themselves, and to think what idea the artist had in his mind, and what idea or ideas he meant his picture to convey to us."
- Examine how each artist painted the sea differently.
- Look for cool or warm colors.
- Tally how many paintings depict calm seas and which are stormy.
- Tally how many paintings have boats in them.
- Decide on the "mood" of each painting- how does each painting make you feel- cold, warm, restless, calm, etc?
- Use the canvas measurements provided to see just how big or small a painting is.
- Decide which painting is the most realistic and which is the least realistic.
- How would you feel if you were in a boat on each ocean?
- Which painting have I included that isn't really a painting of the ocean? (Hint: Look at the titles.)
- If you find a painting you like, take a minute to look at some other paintings by that artist. (Artchive is where I found these paintings.)
- You could make your own version of your favorite ocean painting.
- Vote for your favorite in my poll in my sidebar. (I made it so you can vote more than once, so please have your children vote for their favorite too! One vote per person please!)
You can also click the paintings to make them larger.
1890 Oil on canvas 28 3/4 x 36 3/4 in.
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo
Kensett, John Frederick- Sunset on the Sea
1872Oil on canvas28 x 41 1/8 in
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Lismer, Arthur- Mine Sweepers at Sea
1917 Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax
Monet, Claude- Garden at Sainte-Adresse
1867 Oil on canvas 38 5/8 x 51 1/8 in.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
1910Oil on canvas 60 x 70 cm
Hopper, Edward-Rooms by the Sea
1951 Oil on canvas 29 x 40 inches
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut
Friedrich, Caspar David-Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog
c. 1818 Oil on canvas 94.8 x 74.8 cm
Goodman, Sidney- The Elements - Water
1983-84 Oil on canvas 96 x 76 in
Collection Mr and Mrs John J Turchi, Jr
Hartley, Marsden- New England Sea View - Fish House
1934 Oil on board 18 x 24
Avery, Milton- Bridge to the Sea
1944 Oil on canvas 32 x 48 in.
Collection of Mrs. Sylvia G. Zell, Long Boat Key, Florida
Avery, Milton- Sea Grasses and Blue Sea
1958Oil on canvas60 1/8 x 72 3/8 in.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Beckmann, Max- North Sea I, with Thunderstorm
1937 Oil on canvas 21 3/4 x 27 1/4 in
Collection Dr and Mrs Stephen Lackner, Santa Barbara
Rousseau, Henri- The Boat in the Storm
after 1896 Oil on canvas 54 x 65 cm
Musee de l'Orangerie, Paris
Redon, Odilon- Red Boat with Blue Sail
1906-07 Oil on canvas 54 x 73 cm
Be sure to vote in the poll on my sidebar for your favorite!