A Monet Inspired Art Project

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Playful Learning: 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.

Playful Learning: Monet Inspired Art Project

Then we used bold shades of tissue paper to cut out green water lily pads and bright pink squares. Playful Learning: Monet Inspired Art Project

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.

Playful Learning: Monet Inspired Art Project

The result? A water lily keepsake that would make even Monet proud.

Playful Learning: Monet Inspired Art Project

 

 

Malia
Malia is a National Board Certified elementary teacher and the blogger behind Playdough to Plato, a site dedicated to helping parents teach their children to read and write in 20 fun-filled minutes a day. Find more playful early literacy activities on her blog and Facebook page.
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2 Comments

  1. Adrienn said on September 28, 2012 #

    Such a beautiful project. I can’t wait to start these kind of hands on crafts with my kids. But I guess if I prepare the cutting out of the leaves and help a bit with gluing my almost 2 years old son would enjoy it. You know what? I will give it a try! :)

  2. Misty said on September 29, 2012 #

    I really love this idea! What a great way to share art with children.

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