Monet’s Ice Cream Sundae Party

1st Grade Ice Cream Sun­daedon’t you just love kids’ art??!

This is a FUN les­son in color mix­ing and mix­ing tints (a tint is any color plus white). I got this out of an old School Arts Mag­a­zine years ago and just sim­pli­fied it a lit­tle. It’s a great oppor­tu­nity to talk to kids about Impres­sion­ist painter, Claude Monet, and the scrump­tious col­ors he used! I usu­ally do this with 1st graders and they LOVE it! (What 6–7 year old doesn’t love ice cream??!)

1. Work­ing ver­ti­cally on a piece of 12x18 white con­struc­tion paper, draw a large “smile” shape near the bot­tom of your paper. Con­nect the top of your “smile” with a straight line. This is your bowl.
2. Fill your bowl with large “scoops” of ice cream, by draw­ing over­lap­ping half-circle shapes piled high, one on top
of another.
3. Add a ch
erry to the top as a fin­ish­ing touch!
4. Draw a line behind your bowl to show that it’s rest­ing on a table, and not just float­ing in mid-air!

5. Dec­o­rate your bowl with fun designs. Cre­ate some wild wall­pa­per in the back­ground. After all, this is a party!!
6. Now it’s time to paint! Using a paper plate as your palette, squirt out about a quarter-size amount of each of the pri­mary col­ors (red, yel­low, and blue) plus some white.
7. Demon­strate mix­ing col­ors: red + blue = pur­ple, red + yel­low = orange, yel­low + blue = green. Show how mix­ing all three pri­mary col­ors together will make brown. Next, add some white to each one to make a “tint” of that color and ask what fla­vor ice cream that might be. You can also ask stu­dents how to make dif­fer­ent fla­vors (ex. Ask, “What might be the recipe for mak­ing Mint Chip?”…Ans
wer, “Mix yel­low + blue + white to make “mint” green, then mix yel­low + blue + red to make brown for the choco­late chips.”) Stu­dents love invent­ing new “fla­vors”, too!
8. Encour­age stu­dents to mix as many dif­fer­ent col­ors as they can, cov­er­ing their entire paper so there is no white paper left show­ing.
9. After their paint­ings dry, I have stu­dents out­line between every color change w
ith a black, fine point Sharpie. This gives the paint­ing more def­i­n­i­tion and con­trast, and keeps the draw­ing from “get­ting lost” in all that color.

I usu­ally do this les­son in three ses­sions.… one to talk about Monet and draw our sun­daes, the next ses­sion to paint, and finally a shorter ses­sion for out­lin­ing. Every one of these col­or­ful paint­ings looks good enough to eat!

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5 Responses to Monet’s Ice Cream Sundae Party

  1. Baba March 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi! Nice blog! Party hop­ping and par­tic­i­pat­ing too so stop in for a visit

  2. Storm March 29, 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    What a fun idea/subject for a blog. Keep up the great work.

    Love the kids’ ice cream art.

    I’m blog hop­ping via the Ulti­mate Blog Party. Nice to meet you.

  3. Daytripper62 June 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Love this project…I did this with my mobile art pro­gram and the kids had so much fun and learned a lot in just one session.

    Thanks so much for shar­ing all of these great ideas!


  4. Anonymous September 7, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    this looks fun!

    what type of paint did you use?


  5. TeachKidsArt September 7, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I used Sar­gent tem­pera paint for this project.… great for teach­ing color mix­ing. Thanks for ask­ing — I didn’t real­ize I left that out!!

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