This last Friday in my daughter's class we made water lily pictures, inspired by Monet's.
We used water color pastels, which are so kid-friendly: I had the kids fill their whole page with color (the more complex their color combinations, the better), and then with water and a brush, turn it into a wash.
After the pictures dried a little (they were really wet!) they layered in lily pads, and flowers.
I thought their pictures were dazzling. I know we see Monet's paintings everywhere, all the time, and I think that over-exposure sometimes dulls me to how brilliant his painting was. I was looking at some of his water lily paintings (he made over 250 of them) - and they took my breath away, the range of color and feeling. I love the more abstract ones.
Go look, if you haven't seen them in awhile.