Objective: Children will explore wind and water movement in a painting and will make finger paintings.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Prior to the activity, cover tables with butcher paper or newsprint. Place a half dollar–size amount of blue, green, and purple paints on foam plates (1 per 2 children). Put small amounts of black and white paints on separate plates (1 per 2 children), and set them aside.
Storms can bring strong winds, heavy rain, and thunder and lightning. Storms at sea frequently have strong winds that move the water around. When there is no wind, the water in the sea stays flat and even. When the wind blows across the water, ripples form in the water. As the wind picks up speed, waves form. Waves continue to increase in height as the wind speed increases.
Ludolf Backhuysen was a Dutch painter who lived from the mid-1600s to the early 1700s. He painted many images of the sea. Many of his paintings are of ships in rough seas and are noted for their realism. Backhuysen frequently went out to sea in an open boat to study the effects of stormy seas. His goal was to accurately capture images of a storm at sea.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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