Monday, February 21, 2011

Impressionism for Kids!

Lately the 2nd and 4th graders have been learning all about Claude Monet and Impressionism. We have been practicing with Monet's famous paintings of "The Bridge over the Pond".

We started by drawing the Japanese bridge with pencil. Then we taped off the bridge using masking tape and painted the background with a watercolor wash of cool colors. The washes turned out great!

2nd Grader's Bridge and Watercolor wash

2nd Grade Bridge!
The next step is to add the Impressionist garden with dabs and dashes of tempera paint. The students are repurposing q-tips to create their Impressionist marks.

Adding Impressionist marks and water lilies in honor of Monet!
Finally, when the painting is complete, we will reveal the bridges and remove the tape!! More photos coming soon!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this is amazing! What a great idea to tape of the bridge first, and to paint a background before making those typical Monet-stripes. I did the Japanese bridge last week with fourth graders, and I saw how difficult it is for them to make little dots and stripes in stead of their usual way of painting - filling the sheet;)