PS – be prepared for mess!
▪ Vividly communicate a deep understanding of Impressionism
▪ Accurately reflect upon learning
▪ Explore color mixing and blending of chalk (or pastels) – work with tints of colors – learn a little about color planning (complimentary colors – related colors
▪ Find beauty in nature
The Big Questions:
Who is Claude Monet?
What is Impressionism?
What are tints?
What is a color plan?
Resources & Materials
Poster images of Impressionism and artwork by Monet
Calendar Prints of Impressionism – various artists – post card prints Landscapes and garden photographs
Video: Linnea in Monet’s Garden
Greg Percy’s Songs in the Key of Art Volume 4 “Monet’s Mom”
Supplies: Oatmeal paper or 12″ x 18″ -any textured paper will work, pencils, colored chalk pastels, white tempera paint, plastic dishes, water cups, and brushes.
•View video and discuss artwork
•Display posters and discuss Impressionism – Show PowerPoint®
•Review/demo Instructions on PowerPoint®
•Choose what you will paint. Here are some ideas: Garden scene, water lilies, the Japanese garden, and water garden.
•Draw a rough draft on your paper. Keep it “coloring book simple”.
•Have several cups of white tempera on table. Each child may have his/her own water cup
•Paint area (fist size/baseball size) with white tempera
•Dip chalk into water dish and draw into the wet paint. If paint dries – brush on a bit more.
•Blend some related colors together for interest within shapes. Notice what happens to the colors as they mix with the paint.
*Have a class critique and “show opening” when all are finished. Display all work and admire the beauty.
Suggestion: Have a student panel select the ones they like best and make cards for Mother’s Day. They make a wonderful gift. Staff members will buy several sets, as will parents. Make them to order and have parent volunteers help with the printing.