First grade students used a variety of Claude Monet's water lily paintings as inspiration for their own artwork. We talked about Monet as an artist, and the impressionistic time period. This was a two day project.
Day 1- As a class we aanalyzed the paintings & discussed the cool colors. Then I demonstrated how to draw a bridge. Students used cool color crayons to add waves and color to the bridge. Next, they painted the background with cool color water color paints.
Day 2- Students discovered that the basic shapes of a circle & triangle can be used to create a waterlily. They used green construction paper and green tissue paper to create the waterlilies. To add the flowers, they used yellow and pink tissue paper scrapes.