A Monet Inspired Art Project
Today we have Malia from Playdough to Plato sharing a simple and fun art project that will help to inspire an appreciation of the artist Claude Monet.
It wasn’t until I wandered through Musee d’Orsay several years ago that I discovered my love for artwork. The magical way that Renoir captured a simple countryside dance. Vincent van Gogh’s whimsical representation of the Church at Auvers. And then there was Monet’s breathtaking water lily painting. There are few things quite as beautiful.
Hoping that my young students would discover a love for art earlier in life than I had, I was determined to bring art alive for them. This project was one of my all-time favorites.
As an introduction, I read the story “Linnea in Monet’s Garden” – a kid-friendly guide to one of Monet’s most recognized series of paintings.
Then came the fun. I gave students a blank sheet of paper and invited them to rub it with blue, pink, orange and peach pastels.
Then we used bold shades of tissue paper to cut out green water lily pads and bright pink squares.
We glued two lily pad cut outs together to ensure that they held a vibrant color. Then we crumpled the pink cut outs to make small flower buds that we glued to the center of each lily pad.
The result? A water lily keepsake that would make even Monet proud.