Inspired by Heather Brown

Teacher Notes


Project Description:

Heather Brown has been called the "Godmother of Modern Surf Art".  Learn about Heather Brown and see samples of her work.  After, students are invited to celebrate the ocean by creating their own surf art.  There are steps they can follow to create scenes inspired by Heather Brown: The Big Wave, The Surfer on the Shore, and The Sunset (for 2-12).   If they prefer, they can design their own beach or surf artwork instead.  

K-1 Note: if you or they prefer to create the Sunset scene, you can follow the separate video in the extensions area.  The main video for K-1 only has the Big Wave and Surfer on Shore.  


Music Note:  The music in the video was made by a recent RUHS graduate.  There is a link to him playing the ukulele in the project pages extensions area if you like playing music with your class and would like them to see the instrument in action.  (or click here to see his video)

Links to the Lesson for Students:


OR (bypass web page and go straight to video)

Suggested Supplies:

Paper, pencil, something to color with (markers, colored pencils, or crayons), black marker (or pencil or crayon)

Tip: If possible, let them know what supplies they will need before they start the lesson so they can have them ready.   

Additional Teacher Resources  - Optional Variations

Slides Lesson  (similar to the main project videos but in slide form)

Printable Lesson 2 (if you don't want to give a video.  Very modified, less pictures) 

Printable Lesson 3-12  (if you don't want to give a video.  Very modified, less pictures.)  

Video Lesson K-1 on Google Drive  (if you want to download and use it outside of YouTube)

Special thanks to: 

Heather Brown for her wonderful artwork and letting us share it! 

Ocean Fever for sharing pictures at our local beaches.

Ocean Fever is a non-profit organization dedicated to exposing children and young adults to open water swimming, ocean safety, ocean education and environmental awareness.

Max Trotter (RUHS '20) for the music.

Questions or Comments?

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