Monet art lesson for kids
One afternoon, I was extremely tired and headachy so I let the children watch Linnea in Monet’s Garden on Netflix.  Then, I remembered an art project from Fairy Dust Teaching and that we owned Claude Monet – Sunshine and Waterlilies by Stephen Plackard (a Smart about Art book), so I whipped together some Claude Monet art cards, printed out the waterlily painting for the frame and changed up the art shelf. 

I let Bear use my acrylic paints and we followed the steps at Fairy Dust Teaching (see above link).

As you can see, we used a stencil for the lily pad.  She ended up getting unwanted green on the blue, but I showed her how to paint over it – the beauty of acrylics is it covers up previous paint really well.  If I were to do this again, I would skip the stencil and let her free draw it.  I was really proud of how well she respected the paint and was extra careful not to get it on herself.  I totally forgot to remind her to get a smock.

Bear’s rendition of the water lilies.
Bear kept telling me she was just like Claude Monet because she layered her colors.  Thank you Fairy Dust Teaching for a great art project.
Written by Julie Cerdas
I'm a stay-at-home Catholic mom who loves playing with and teaching my two children.