This week I’ve been inviting a bunch of neighborhood kids over to our place to join in my kids’ art lessons. The kids all pile into the house for painting, pasting, drawing, and all things artsy. Today we learned about Claude Monet, looked at a bunch of his paintings and discussed what the kids noticed about his style, and then made a tissue paper water lilies picture to represent his work.
We began with turquoise blue card stock and then brushed a thin layer of Elmer’s glue over it. Next, we layered torn pieces of lavender and blue tissue paper to cover the paper and create the look of the water in the pond. The lily pads were cut from light green card stock and pasted on wherever the kids wanted. Then white tissue paper circles were crinkled up and then glued on to the lily pads to create the flowers. Finally, we added torn, little, yellow tissue paper centers to the flowers. The kids loved it. While they worked, we learned a bit about Monet…
- He was French, born in Paris.
- He loved painting scenes from nature (especially of his pond!)
- He wasn’t concerned with realism; just light and emotion. He was an Impressionist. In fact, the entire Impressionist Movement was named for one of his paintings, “Impression Sunrise”
- He burned some of his artwork when he wasn’t happy with it. Considering how much his paintings are worth now, that’s just like burning money!
- Nympheas – Water Lilies sold for $71,846,600.00 (U.S. currency)
- He enjoyed gardening and making the areas around him beautiful, probably so he could then paint the beautiful things.
Here is MY favorite of his paintings: