My son’s art teacher exposed him to the mastery of Claude Monet. To piggyback on what he was learning at school, I thought we’d make our own impressionism replica of his gardens at Giverny, specifically the ponds with their spectacular water lilies.
First we read about Claude’s life, learned about what impressionism was, and discovered the artist’s infatuation with the way light reflected off of all the things in nature.
Then I gave my son some watered-down acrylic paints and a big sheet of art paper. He painted it blue with hints of lavender. He was discouraged that he didn’t get the whole paper covered. I reminded him that the lighter (or white) spots would just look like light reflecting on the water. Suddenly the very thing that he found frustrating was a source of pride!
I sped up the drying time with my hair dryer. Then he traced some lily pad shapes onto sticky-backed sheets of green foam. When they were cut out, he peeled off the paper backing and attached the pads to the water.
Next, I cut apart a cardboard egg carton. Then, with scissors he cut lots of V shapes out of their edges to look like the lily pad flowers.
Wow those water lilies look wonderful.ReplyDelete
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I love this idea! Pinning it so I can remember to do it for a pond unit or a Monet lesson (if I ever do something like that!) Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I love the egg carton made into water lillies, they also look like cute little homes for toy frogs.ReplyDelete
Monet's Waterlilies are my absolute favorite. Definitely doing this with my kiddos!! They are already quite familiar with his paintings...I take them with me to the art museum every year around my birthday just to admire his work one more time ;)ReplyDelete
I love this project! It turned out beautiful.ReplyDelete
What a fun and beautiful project. I love the way they turned out.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful project!ReplyDelete
I love this idea. My daughter's class is focusing on art and artists this week so we may have to try this out! Thanks for joining the Afterschool Blog Hop!ReplyDelete
So cute and looks like a lot of fun!ReplyDelete
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I love this 3D craft - very original!ReplyDelete
these are lovely!!!ReplyDelete
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love these water lilies :)ReplyDelete
Absolutely LOVELY!! It turned out so beautiful. Pinning this one too.ReplyDelete
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Great idea! I will have to keep this in mind in the Spring when one of our local parks has great display of water liliesReplyDelete
This is fantastic. I am adapting this idea within my art classroom. It won't be the same but your take on lilies and making them 3D is a phenomenal way to get the kids excited. Thanks for the push! You can follow the fun at my blog! :)ReplyDelete