21 Art: Monet Water Lilies


Monet was a French artist and a leading member of the Impressionist group of painters.

Claude-Oscar Monet was born in Paris, but spent his childhood in Le Havre where his father was a merchant. There he met a local artist, Eugène Boudin, who encourage him to become a landscape painter.

In 1859, Monet went to Paris to study at the Académie Suisse, where he became close friends with a fellow student, Camille Pissarro. Between 1860 and 1862 Monet served in Algeria as a conscript. He returned to Paris where he met most of the major artists of the era including Renoir, Cézanne, Whistler and Manet.


  • Oil pastels
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint
  • Brushes


  • Ask students to orient their page as a landscape.  That means the longer side goes across not up and down.


Yikes! this is upside down!

  • Students should make lily flowers with oil pastels first.  They may use yellow or white and may add accents in red, orange, or darker yellow.  The lily pads look like a W or U shape.
  • Next, students will add lily pads out of different shades of green, yellow, and white.  Recommend students consider layering colors.
  • They may wish to add other pads throughout their work.



  • Next, using the “Across, Stop, Switch, Back” painting technique, ask students to paint their page blue with the watercolors.
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