Water Lily Pond, Monet Style

Water Lily PondClaude Monet (1840-1926) painted his water lily pond directly from nature to show that even on the gloomiest of days, a vast number of colors can and do exist. To capture those variations, Monet created a new painting technique using short brushstrokes filled with individual color. The result was a canvas alive with painterly activity, the opposite of the smooth blended surfaces of the past.
DIRECTIONS
1. Students first draw and color one large yellow lily (which is much the shape of a tulip) and then one medium and several small on a large piece of watercolor paper. Try to have them skip a planned pencil drawing first. The gray lines can sometimes stand out too much with all the light colors. The lily shapes are pretty simple and forgiving so most kids will be fine with it.
2. Peach pastel was added on top of each flower, as a kind of shadow, and then pink for a center.
3. Light green ovals are drawn around the bottom of each lily. Lastly, lots of squiggly lines are added with the white pastel to look like waves.
4. Students use liquid blue watercolor, and paint over everything except the flowers, which kept their pretty yellow color. While the paint was still wet, they had a chance to add a bit of green watercolor in any areas they like. The bluish, greenish color adds a lot of dimension to the painting.
Water Lily Pond by Monet

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