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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Monet Water Lilies

Created on October 31, 2014 by epennington523

This is a lesson plan for a tempera painting inspired by Monet's water lilies. I like to do this lesson with my 3rd grade.

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1. SWBAT become familiar with the work of Claude Monet and create a water lily painting inspired by the artist
2. SWBAT recognize the characteristics of Monet’s Impressionist painting style and subject matter
3. SWBAT create texture in a painting through the use of brush strokes like the Impressionists
4. SWBAT demonstrate knowledge of brush care and appropriate painting techniques

1. Monet PowerPoint/books/reference images
2. 12x18 paper
3. Tempera paint
4. Brushes & water cups

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DAY 1:
1. Present PowerPoint to students. Discuss Impressionism and the work of Claude Monet. Emphasize his short, choppy brushstrokes.
2. Demonstrate how to paint like the Impressionists with choppy brushstrokes to create a textured surface for their pond water backgrounds.
3. Students will paint their pond water backgrounds. Students will be provided with a palette of tempera paint (blue, turquoise, green, white, purple, etc.) Students will be encouraged to use 3-4 cool colors to paint their pond water.

DAY 2:
1. Review Monet and Impressionism.
2. Demonstrate how to paint 3 water lily pads on top of the dry pond water background. Students will be given yellow, green, and white tempera paint. Students are encouraged to dip their brushes into the different colors and dab on the paper so bits of different color show on the lily pads. Students are also encouraged to consider the spacing and placement of the lily pads so the composition is balanced. After demonstration, students will paint their 3 lily pads.
3. Clean up paint.
4. Read Monet story to students. (We paint the water lily flowers the next class so we don't get muddy colors.)

DAY 3:
1. Review Monet and Impressionism.
2. View images of water lilies. Discuss the colors and shapes of the petals. Demonstrate how approach painting the water lilies. Encourage double dipping into the paint and then allowing the colors to mix on the paper as you paint. Remind students to avoid double dipping or mixing complementary colors such as yellow and purple to avoid muddy, unpleasant colors.
3. Students will their paint water lilies, taking care to paint the water lilies so they overlap the lily pads and appear to be sitting on top of them.
4. Clean up paint.
5. Students write an artist statement reflecting on the art making process and what they learned about Claude Monet.

Student's projects assessed based on the following checklist:

• Texture is evident in the painted background (should see choppy brushstrokes of different colors, should not be all blended into one color)
• The entire paper was filled when painting the background
• Avoided mixing complementary colors i.e. purple with yellow
• Lilies and lilypads are painted large to fill the paper
• Lilies overlap the lily pads (do not appear to be teetering on top)

"Linnea in Monet's Garden"
"Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies"
"Monet: Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists"


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories
[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[K-4] Students identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times, and places
[5-8] Students know and compare the characteristics of artworks in various eras and cultures

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art
[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks
[5-8] Students describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures

Claude Monet


Balance, Color/Value, Rhythm/Pattern, Texture



  • 5crayons 01/01/2015 at 10:10am
    This power point is wonderful!