Painting with Impressionism — “After Monet”

We began our les­son by look­ing at exam­ples of Monet’s paint­ings in an old Monet art cal­en­dar.  I chose his paint­ing of Antibes for us to “copy” and hung it up where every­one could see it.  Then I explained to my 1st graders that art stu­dents some­times copy a famous paint­ing in order to learn from it, and that it’s okay to do that as long as you give the orig­i­nal artist proper credit.  I had each stu­dent begin by writ­ing their name on the back of their paper with the words “After Monet”.  This way, 100 years from now, no one will find their paint­ing and think it was Monet who copied them!  ;-)



1. Begin by paint­ing the water along the bot­tom of your paper.  Use the side of your brush to dab color into that sec­tion.  Try to use 3 or 4 dif­fer­ent col­ors that Monet used in his water, such as light blue, dark blue, pur­ple and green.  Leave a lit­tle space between your dabs of any one color so they don’t just blend together and cre­ate a solid blob!

2. Next add the tree on the right side.  Remem­ber to use the side of your brush to dab col­ors onto your paper — no lines!

3. Then use dabs of paint to add the city, the moun­tain, and finally the sky.  Remem­ber to use only the side of your brush and to paint dabs only!  Use a vari­ety of col­ors in each sec­tion.  Keep look­ing at Monet’s paint­ing to see how many col­ors he used!

I love how “impres­sion­is­tic” my 1st graders paint­ings look, and each one is so unique — even though they were all “copy­ing” the same paint­ing!  The Alpha­color “Big­gie” Tem­pera Cakes are great for this project — the col­ors are vivid and not chalky like other tem­pera cakes can be.  And the cake form makes mix­ing a vari­ety of col­ors quick and easy!

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3 Responses to Painting with Impressionism — “After Monet”

  1. Hope Hunter Knight May 19, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    really pretty — i’ve been think­ing about get­ting some of those!

  2. Helena January 16, 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Start­ing to “teach art” with my daugh­ter and her friend this after­noon! Thanks for the inspiration :-)


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