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Through Sea & Air by Charles Napier Hemy
at The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

KS3 Art & Design
National Curriculum: Secondary Art & Design ‘Pupils should be taught:
To analyse their own work, and that of others.
About the history of art, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day’

Learning Objectives
Pupils will reinforce and refine analytical techniques and knowledge about two fine art processes.

Suggested Classroom Activity

Video 1,‘Two views of the Sea’ a comparisson of two very different artists depicting the sea

Either...Pupils are shown the ‘Two views of the Sea’ film, then given links to the high res jpeg images. Their task is to reflect on what they feel to be the most important differences and similarities between the works and to evaluate how much the differences are due to the mediums used by the artist. They should present their findings in artist’s sketchbook format.

Or... First give the pupils links to the pictures without any information about the artists or mediums used. They carry out the exercise as above, then are shown ‘Two Views of the Sea.’
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High quality jpgs of both works

Download Hokusai

Download Hemy
Development Activity

Either as an individual homework, or group work in class, pupils make their own selection of two contrasting artworks on the same theme and script and present a three minute powerpoint about the pieces.

Resources, Notes and Links

The other resources on the Through Sea and Air page pages on Culture Street.

Lesson requires pupils to have internet access and sketchbooks.

Download lesson plan here

The wikipedia entry on Hemy is rather slight - there is more information in his obituary in the American art Journal here - scroll down to near the foot of the page. In the original journal Hemy’s obit takes up more column inches than that of Degas, who died three days before him.

There is good biography of the artist by his grand daughter: ‘Master of the Sea’ Margaret Powell ISBN-10: 0906720370 ISBN-13: 978-0906720370
BBC’s ‘Your Paintings’ is a useful source of images of Hemy’s work..

Hokusai is of course far more widely known. The BBC programme on the Great Wave - episode three in the ‘Private life of a Masterpiece’ series is an enthralling and highly detailed study. It is available on YouTube if that is accessible through your school’s firewall.