Monday, September 30, 2013

Monet's Garden

1st graders at Birch Meadow and Wood End studied artist Claude Monet.  We began by viewing the video, "Linnea in Monet's Garden" based on the book by Christina Bjork (author) and Lena Anderson (illustrator).

We talked about impressionism and how Monet's paintings looked like blobs of paint close up but then when stepping back, they looked a little more realistic.  The lesson I used for this project was adapted from the following blog: Mrs. Picasso's Art Room.

Students followed along with a painting lesson as a group int he first class.  The second class, I told them they needed to add a fence, lily pads and flowers, garden flowers, and a garden path.  Some students added Monet's garden bench (as seen in the video) and Monet himself! Some changed the way they added flowers, some students made sunrises or sunsets.  All in all I think this was a successful painting lesson.  The kids really enjoyed it and retained a lot of information about the artist!   Here are some photos:


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