Artist of the Month – KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI

Students in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade will learn more about this artist in a lesson taught this month by a parent volunteer through our Art Literacy program.

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)

Katsushika Hokusai 1760–May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. In his time he was Japan’s leading expert on Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the “Thirty-Six Views” both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fuji in Clear Weather, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, “Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai’s name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series…” While Hokusai’s work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. It was The Great Wave print that initially received, and continues to receive, acclaim and popularity in the Western world.

Congratulations! Stella Maris Students included in La Jolla Music Society Art Exhibit

The Education Director of the La Jolla Music Society has chosen the following music-themed works of art to be part of an exhibit on Fay Avenue in La Jolla.  The works will be displayed along the covered sidewalk outside the construction site of The Conrad Performing Arts Center.


Clara Garrison – Kandinsky’s Circles


Isabella McKenna – Kandinsky’s Circle


Belen Lamuno – Kudos to Kandinsky


Owen Fretwell – Kudos to Kandinsky


Stevie Turquand – Kudos to Kandinsky


Thiago Valagao – Kudos to Kandinsky


Braden Del Muro – Abstract Guitar Collage


Ripples Turquand – Abstract Guitar Collage


J.C. Bosque – Imaginative Instruments


Shianne Emrani – Imaginative Instruments


Michelle Moreau – Imaginative Instruments


Brianne Wieczorek – Imaginative Instruments

Stella Maris Academy Harmony Quilt

20161031_144433These harmonious colors and designs
reflect the unity and diversity of our
SMA community.
This was a school-wide collaborative project completed in Art Literacy
as part of our Quilts and Color study.