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
- 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.