I would encourage the students look for shell, and to sketch them in place. Not picking them up, just sketch them as they rest on the sand...even if the water tickles your feet.

How to draw water (specifically refer to the sketches in this, not the painting unless you are going for a more abstract/stylized version of the water) - it's great to work with examples like this because ocean waters are frustratingly difficult to draw well

This sequence of work (primarily Kate's A Level Art sketchbook pages) shows experimentation with media and the exploration of compositional ideas. Artist influences are chosen cleverly: seamlessly integrating with her own aesthetic.

Many high school Painting / Fine Art students worry that their sketchbooks must be wild, gestural explorations, with layers of media exploding from each page. This sketchbook is a reminder that this is not always the case. Here, a sketchbook layout has been approached with the sophisticated eye of a graphic designer; each page taking on the aesthetic of a contemporary magazine.

Mixed Media http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-auOycSIpKDs/UI6dASeAY1I/AAAAAAAAAJU/JGArcMe3_KA/s1600/different%2Bmedia%2Bon%2Bdifferent%2Bpaper.jpg

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