Art Classes: Level IV

Level IV-Lesson 3: The Albatross and the Galleon Ship

Learn to draw an ocean scene based on a batik from Ukraine

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 6 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

We all know that ships can configure their sails to sail against the wind.  It may come as a surprise, however, that the albatross, the bird with the longest wingspan in the world, flies across the ocean using the same principles.  The bird is so successful at using the power of wind and waves that it can fly around the world.  It seldom returns to land except to rear its young. 

Our original picture is a batik done by a theatre student at the Artistic Theatrical College of Odessa, Ukraine. It shows both a ship and an albatross.  The waves, the ship, and the albatross are linked into one energetic scene!

Controlling watercolor paint can be difficult. 

  • This lesson makes the medium more manageable by combining watercolor with oil pastels. 
  • The oil pastels provide an oily resist that helps control the watercolor while also providing an interesting contrast in texture. 
  • The lesson ends with an interesting technique—using salt sprinkled on wet paint to create the foaming of the waves.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the ship and albatross.


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History of the galleon ship


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 40 minutes
  • Using color media: 50 minutes
  • Total time: 90 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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