The Boat


In this activity we will show you a very easy way to design boats. The activity may initially seem difficult due to their form and perspective, but following the steps below you will find out how simple it is…


  • To make participants aware of the presence and variety of lines in our environment
  • Acquaintance with different ways of creating inspired by lines
  • To experiment and make original creations
  • To make successful use of materials and techniques in their paintings
  • To continuously improve their ability to use tools and techniques

Duration: 90 min

Number of participants: 5 – 10


Paper, pencil, indelible marker, various colors


Exercise flow:

Phase 1: Basic design

Phase 2: Overlay the design with a marker

Phase 3: Design coloring

In the first phase of the activity, the instructor asks the participants to draw a horizontal flattened eight:

Then we add the axes A, B, C with curves that tilt inwards and define the wave.

A is the bow, B is the front side and C is the stern.

Draw the details with a guide to these lines.

The wood of the bow, the bindings, the interior, the surrounding finish, the ropes ….

We encourage the participants by telling them that they should not be afraid of the many lines with the pencil, because we will erase them in the end anyway.

In the second phase of our activity, after we complete the drawing with the pencil, we pass all the lines (the ones that are seen) with an indelible marker and we erase the pencil well.

The design of your boat is ready !!!!!!

The third and last phase is the most enjoyable. We will paint our boat with whatever colors each participant wants and with whatever material he wishes.

Here are some tips that may help:

  • To paint the sky, first wet the paper with clean water and then add paint here and there with the tip of the brush. Let it dry to continue.
  • For the sea we draw horizontal touches with blue leaving gaps on the paper. The white of the paper indicates the waves.
  • Add touches of red and ocher to the water for reflections.

ATTENTION: We observe that the reflections have the opposite direction from the element that is out of the water. It ‘s like a mirror.

Expected outcomes:

At the end of the activity participants will be able to:

  • Recognize some physical elements in works of art
  • Creates two-dimensional images
  • Draw out descriptions and add sky and sea lines in two-dimensional space.