Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Monet's Waterlillies

Inspired by Monet's Waterlillies paintings, we wanted to create our own!

Materials needed:
-Heavy weight water color paper
-Tempera paint, only blues, greens, and white for mixing
-Paint brushes
-Green construction paper
-Tissue paper

1.  Show examples of Monet's Waterlillies.  Talk about the softness of the paintings, soft edges, soft colors.
2.  Have the students paint the water first.  Encourage color mixing; shades of blues, greens.
3.  While the paper is drying, have students draw and cut out 3 lily pads.  You can offer them a template to trace, if needed. 
4.  For the lily pad flowers, have little scraps of tissue paper that students can wrap around the eraser end of a pencil, dip in a little glue and then stick it to the middle of the lily pad.   A few tissue paper flowers per lily pad is perfect.
5.  Once painting is dry, then glue the lily pads to the painting and voila!   A mini-masterpiece!

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