Janet's thin white paint and chalk is an excellent project! Great way to introduce them to impressionist effects. However, I would have a difficult time convincing my middle schoolers that Linnea in Monet's Garden was worth investing in. Tone is much too cute for my way too cool middle schoolers. I've found the video is perfect for grades 2-4. For Middle School, perhaps reproductions would be sufficient, or slides from The Clark Art Institute would be more appropriate.
Good luck, Mark
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Subject: Re: Middle School lessons needed
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 ter.
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