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The artist Alfred Wallis lived in Cornwall. He was also a fisherman and the sea was very important to him. You can see the seaside in a lot of his paintings.

We're going to make some art using sand from the beach! You can create all sorts of patterns and pictures without using paint.

Take a look at some of Alfred's art. What do you want to include in your picture? How about a boat, a fish or even your favourite ice-cream?

Alfred Wallis, ‘The Blue Ship’ ?c.1934
Alfred Wallis
The Blue Ship ?c.1934
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Alfred Wallis, ‘‘The Hold House Port Mear Square Island Port Mear Beach’’ ?c.1932
Alfred Wallis
‘The Hold House Port Mear Square Island Port Mear Beach’ ?c.1932
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Alfred Wallis, ‘Houses at St Ives, Cornwall’ ?c.1928–42
Alfred Wallis
Houses at St Ives, Cornwall ?c.1928–42
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Ready to create a sand art picture?

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You will need:

  • PVA glue
  • Sand
  • Pencil
  • x2 Pieces of coloured paper (one bigger than the other)
  • Spoon

Let's get started

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1. Draw your picture on the smaller piece of paper

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2. Go over your drawing with glue

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3. Cover the glue with sand and leave to dry for 10 minutes

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4. Gently shake the extra sand off the paper

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5. Use the glue to create a pattern on the border of the big piece of paper. This makes a frame for your picture!

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6. Cover the pattern with sand and leave to dry for 10 minutes

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7. Shake the sand off to reveal your pattern

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8. Stick the small piece of paper in the middle of the big piece of paper. Ta-da! You've made a sand art picture

Next time ...

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You could try using different coloured paper to create your picture. Don't they look good on the beach?!