May 27, 2010

Monet Water Lilies

Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted directly from nature and revealed that even on the gloomiest of days, an infinite number of colors can and do exist. To capture these fleeting hues, Monet created a new painting technique using short brushstrokes filled with individual color. The result was a canvas alive with painterly activity, the opposite of the smooth blended surfaces of the past. 
1. I presorted some oil pastels so that students had only yellow, peach, pink, light green and white available to choose from. As a follow-along drawing, I asked them to first color one large yellow lily (which is much the shape of a tulip) and then one medium and several small on a large piece of watercolor paper.  Peach pastel was added on top of each, as a kind of shadow, and then pink for a center. Light green ovals were drawn around the bottom of each lily. Lastly, lots of squiggly lines were added with the white pastel to look like waves.
2. I gave the students liquid blue watercolor, and asked them to paint over everything except the flowers. While the paint was still wet, they had a chance to add a bit of green watercolor in any areas they liked.

18 comments:

Laurel said...

You have an amazing blog, not only do I follow but I have spread the word through so many schools here!

Char said...

Amazing and so much simpler than my Monet version that I completed with my 1st graders. thanks!

look a little closer said...

agreed. this blog rocks! thank you so much for sharing your ideas. i would have loved you as an art teacher! :)

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Jacquelien said...

This is a great idea with a beautiful result.

Hope Chella said...

this is a great short project for the end of the school year! Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for these wonderful ideas. It is always great going through this website. I am going to learn how to put in my ideas too. This is a wonderful idea I am going to try doing th elilies with crayons and then wash over with water color.

Anonymous said...

I am very excited that I found your blog today - it has so many amazing ideas. I look forward to trying some of them! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

Meredith said...

Thought you might like to see what we did in our homeschool. Thanks for ALL your inspiring ideas and beautiful site :) Many blessings,
http://happyheartsmom.typepad.com/sweetness_and_light/2010/09/coloring-your-week-with-creativity.html

claudemonetworks said...

Very creative idea! It is wonderful that kids will be exposed to Claude Monet Art in such interactive way.

Anonymous said...

I'm in grade 6 and we were assined a famous artist to do a presentation on, but we we also had to find an art project to go with the artist, Me and my friend got Claude Oscar Monet, so we found this VERY useful!!
:D ;D :D

Anonymous said...

I have done this activity for several years with my grade ones. I am amazed each time at how beautiful and amazing each piece of art turns out!! It's an easy project as well.

Amber said...

Thanks for posting this. We might try it. x

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful project. What type of paper did you use?

Kathy Barbro said...

You get the best results with watercolor paper. It doesn't have to be the really good stuff, like 140 lb. weight. Any 90 lb. student grade will do. I also really recommend liquid watercolor paints so students get a nice even wash over the whole paper.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas! I teach art enrichment and often look to your site for inspiration!

Anonymous said...

what brand of liquid watercolor paints do you recommend?

Kathy Barbro said...

I use the Dick Blick Student brand, which has served me very well. Try their Turquoise Blue, which is my all time favorite.