5 In 1st grade/ Claude Monet/ Flowers/ Landscape/ Nature/ Tempera Paint

Irises by Monet

Irises were among Monet’s favorite flowers. They lined the pathways leading up to the house and Japanese bridge on the artist’s property at Giverny. 
Monet applied thick purples, blues and green paint using bold strokes. The effect was possibly induced by his poor vision.
If you need a one day project, this is a masterpiece!
1st grade students created these charming paintings with oil pastels and tempera paints. After viewing images of his home and garden, students selected a piece of construction paper, then dragged and rubbed 2-3 oil pastels across their paper. 
Next, students “tapped” their brushes into various shades of green paint and painted the iris stems. We chose to paint 5-7 stems.
Lastly, students painted the flower blooms with shades of purples and used just a bit of yellow to represent the center part of the flower.
Fields of Poppies Monet







Tempera Paint
Oil pastels


Keep on creating! 
Laura 🙂


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  • Reply
    Abby Schukei
    January 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I might have to try this out with my Kindergarten classes! What grade did you do this with? They look so nice!

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    January 22, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks Abby! I did this projects with 1st grade. 🙂

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    January 24, 2015 at 3:37 am

    I really like the textured background against the painted Irises! I am always inspired by your themed art lessons.

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    Hope Hunter Knight
    January 25, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Gorgeous – you do such a good job teaching them painting techniques – they all feel very fresh

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    zarah nitsa
    February 28, 2015 at 5:17 am

    These are adorable and beautiful color images.
    Zarah from Bizbilla B2B portal

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