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Monet's Pond






The Dallas Museum of Art has a wonderful  Monet Painting in a beautiful gold frame which inspired me to create this lesson for our
Big Art Day which is fast approaching in Texas schools.
 For our Big Art day this year I have a Theme....Circle Art! 
Themes are the way to go when organizing events. 


I love this new lesson that was inspired by one of my favorite artists, 
and two favorite bloggers:
 Painted Paper and Cassie Stephen's who also use themes. 

I ordered the 10 inch cardboard circle rounds for this lesson, the same size Cassie used in her Dot Day Art.  School Specialty has various sizes. The kids loved painting on this canvas instead of paper. 


We read about Monet's garden and look at prints of his masterpieces.

I even show them some of my pictures that I took when I  
visited his garden in France.


 

On day one, we painted the pond and the water lily pond on a 10 inch cardboard circle 
on the white side with Prang tempera paint. 





We also made some Painted Paper for the water lilies  
 Have you check out the Monet lesson over at Painted Paper


On Day two we read another sweet Monet book that emphasized his love of nature 
and the reflection of light. 

We also added a shiny frame with Metallic Playcolor sticks similar to the beautiful DMA Painting. 
Lovely!!


 The children created the water lily's from the green paper using oil pastels. No tracers here!
 The flowers from painted scrap paper with tissue centers.


Some had a really hard time with the cutting, but we did it! 





I know Monet would be so proud of their work!
 I can't wait to hang them up for our Big Art Day Open House next month!

  

Now on display!










Comments

  1. Beautiful! I love the light and texture in these!

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  2. These are awesome, love the circles!

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  3. Oh I love the Circle Theme!!!! These are so beautiful! :)

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    1. It was fun coming up with a lesson for each grade. Your themes inspired me Laura.

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  4. gorgeous, beth! these really are sharp. so, 2 lessons total or 3?

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  5. I can't believe kindergarteners did these! You really pull everything possible out of your little artists!

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    1. I only have 12 kiddos at a time! Thanks

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    2. only in KDG Don. We have only three classes and we split them 5 ways.

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  6. These are gorgeous! What a fantastic lesson!

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  7. LOVE this! Doing it now with 1st graders using good ol'e paper plates. :) Thank you!

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    1. I tried with the plates this year, but think I will go back to the cardboard next year. What do you think?

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  8. Love this project - thanks for sharing! Was thinking to try this with my after school arts and crafts club, but I'll only have 1 day to work on it. Do you have any suggestions?

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  9. Love this project - thanks for sharing! I was thinking of doing this project with my after school arts and craft club, but I'll only have one day to complete the project. Do you have any suggestions on how to condense this into one day?

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  10. This looks wonderful. I get to teach in my daughters class next week and am going to do this! What books did you use when teaching the lesson?

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