These beautiful garden paintings were created by my first graders. Everyone had great success, simply by following along, step by step, while adding their own touches. This project also combines several painting techniques, so students get an introduction to various painting media and experiences.
12" X 18" white construction paper (I also like to cut the paper to 10" X 16" so I can mount them to a colored background), pencils, tempera paint in the following colors: yellow, green, blue, red, orange, yellow, pink, violet, brown, and white, acrylic paint in the following colors: blue, white, greens, white, pink, and yellow, blue watercolor, tempera and watercolor brushes, small sponge pieces
Show the students various visuals, posters, and books about the artist Claude Monet. Here is a good site that shows his gardens: Monet's Garden at Giverny
I also show them this video:
They LOVE this video and I highly recommend it! It tells the story of a little girl who travels to Monet's gardens. It is animated with shots of the real gardens interspersed. There is a book version, but the video is so much better!
Step 1: Blogger is messing with my photos tonight. Erg! I will fix them ASAP
Hand out white paper and pencils. Have students Draw a horizon line across the paper and part of a pond. I explain that we are only drawing a very small portion of the pond- maybe just the corner.
Put some yellow tempera in a tray and have students "hop" their sponge pieces across the horizon line and fill in the grass area. I remind them that they do NOT want the entire area solid. Some white showing through is fine. Also, remind them not to use the sponge as a brush, swiping it across the paper.
Step 10: Adding the fence- 2 variations.
(Note: we will be adding our digital photos to these next week. See instructions below.)