To create a Claude Monet art project, try painting his water lilies with watercolor and oil pastels. They both create very different textures, which is one of the Elements of Art.
• Watercolor paper (For special occasions, try this Strathmore brand)*
• Oil pastels: yellow, peach, pink, light green and white*
• Liquid watercolor paint*
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- 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.
- Color peach pastel on top of each flower, as a kind of shadow, and then pink for a center.
- Draw light green ovals around the bottom of each lily. Lastly, add lots of squiggly lines with the white pastel to look like waves.
- Use liquid blue watercolor, and paint over everything except the flowers, which kept their pretty yellow color. While the paint is still wet, add a bit of green watercolor in some areas. The bluish, greenish color adds a lot of dimension to the painting.