10.25.2010

Water lilies





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.

5 comments:

Bethany Hissong said...

I developed my full appreciation when I had to copy his painting in my college class! Besides being almost impossible, the amount of color and layers is fantasticly complex. I just love that you are giving your time with these students! I'm sure they will always remember what they experienced with you!!

Allison Drew said...

Oh, these are beautiful. And I agree, Monet was such an amazing painter but over exposure (like seeing water lilies in my dentist office) has seemed to slightly taint his talent.

Genevieve said...

Those are beautiful, I love how the colours blended together.

Lauren said...

I LOVE your art lessons. I am so proud of you for bringing art to your school.

melissa said...

Beautiful paintings. I'll have to try that lesson with my kids. You have a never-ending stream of ideas Lynne...