Many teachers and parents want to give children some culture. The way they do that is often by having the children learn about famous painters and then giving them artwork that is similar to that painters style.
Claude Monet was a french painter who was considered one of the leaders of the Impressionist movement. The Impressionists painted what they saw and felt as opposed to the exact replica of what there actually was. (Sounds like our toddlers doesn’t it?)
If you want to learn more about his life then get a condensed view of of Monets life here.
Monet’s style was such, that he used short brushstrokes and dabs of paint. He used splashes of beautiful colors and painted many flower and pond scenes in the sunlight. He wold try to catch the light and reflection in his paintings.
I have found that there are not that many ways to do Monets kind of art. The ones I have seen are for the most part very similar to each other.
When you are introducing kids to various artists to give them some culture, I find that Monet is a good one to start with.
A good idea is to begin by giving the children some of Monets paintings to look at. This way they can get an idea if of what they are trying to imitate. If you have a color printer then print out some of the images. If you can’t print out any of the images from that site then maybe a book from the children’s section of the library would work better.
Another idea would be to gather some postcards that have some of Monet’s images .
Once the children have seen some of Monet’s work its time to point out to them how he got some of his techniques.
Below I have 4 different sites that give you some more concrete ideas on how you can recreate some of the water lilies, flowers and bridges that are so dominant in Monets work.
If you don’t want to make those pictures then have the children just experiment with the techniques he used.
The first one is actually a post of mine of an activity that I did a while ago in our Summer camp. It was not done specifically to copy the Monet style but, it really does have the basic elements. Using tape as a resist is a common one in copying Monet.
When looking for Monets work you will often come across Monets bridge and this activity is from art is what I teach
Then go check out how to create these water liilies at The talking walls
And here is a compilation of 4 monet ideas from Artree