This week we move into Impressionism. When we think of Impressionism we think of Claude Monet. And when we think of Claude Monet we think of water lilies, landscapes, and dabbled paint. This is exactly what we want our students to think of as well. Hopefully by the time this project is done, they will have a permanent impression of Monet’s work and will be able to recall the imagery and technique of his style.
Not only will they see his style, but they will know what it feels like to paint as he did… with one exception. Monet usually painted outdoors. Though the Discovering Great Artists lesson has students painting what they see outside, this is hard to do during winter. Here it is cold and snowy, with very little color outside. To compensate for this, my lesson has students copy parts of Monet’s work, then do a landscape from their own head using his dabbing technique.
paint brushes (small and medium)
palettes or paper plates
clean-up: cups, water, paper towels, tablecloths
images of Monet’s paintings (laminated, if desired)
A few notes: Use heavyweight paper- the kids are going to be layering paint. Also, if you want to use the prints again in the future, laminate them. Undoubtedly, water and paint will get on the images.
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