If you have funds, there's is a great video called Linnea in Monet's Garden.
I use it with elementary, but I think middle school kids would enjoy it
also. It's part animated, part real shots of Monet's house in Giverny. There
is also a book about the same story.
I do a project using white paint and colored chalk.
We look at photos of Monet's waterlily paintintgs and learn about his life.
How he liked to paint a fleeting moment of time. How he liked to show how
diferent things looked at different times of the day. How he showed in his
waterlily paintings reflections of light and color from all around the wa
The kids make a small chalk "painting" by dipping the chalk in thin white
paint and drawing the waterlily pads, flowers, water and reflections. We draw
on white construction paper. This might be a good warm up for middle
schoolers before attempting a larger work. Janet