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My Monet's Waterlilies Lesson


Date: Mon Mar 21 2005 - 04:07:31 PST

Hi, Jeryl and All,
Thanks, Judy, for posting the group lesson using mural paper. For
individual paintings I suggest using fingerpainting paper (you know, that glossy paper
you all have, but don't know what to do with it). This is a 2 week lesson
for as young as kindergarten:
Day One: After identifying the cool colors- blue,purple, green that are in
the Waterlilies paintings, we talk about ponds and the kids look for which
parts of the water on which the sun is reflecting (lighter areas) and where they
think a tree might be shading the water (darker areas) . They find the
waterlily flowers and how the painting is an "impression" (vocabulary-what does
impression mean?) of what Monet saw. Using watered down tempera in shades of
blues, green, purple, (or use water color paint) the students paint
fingerpainting paper in horozontal (vocab) brushstrokes.
Day Two: Review discussion of painting and what they think Monet was
seeing. Also discuss what, where, and how a waterlily grows and the shapes they
might make a waterlily as an Impressionist painter . On the dried background,
use tempera paint in white, (pink, yellow for centers). The students use
brush strokes to paint the flowers. Use green tempera for the lily pad under the
flower. Stress that its their impression of the flower/pad, so it can be a
brushstroke gesture of the flowers.
The tempera on the watercolor background stands out beautifully when dry.
They don't add a bridge-that's another lesson... but, I have taken their
pictures. Take individual pictures of the kids sitting
"preztel-style"-crosslegged, cut it out and glue on one waterlily. I've done this on a mural painting
of waterlilies. I think aesthetically better without the pic for the
individual paintings, although it's a big PR hit for art as the parents LOVE this!
Susan on Long Island