Middle School Monets

12-water lilies 6th folderI just had to post these projects that my 6th graders created. I am so proud how beautiful these turned out. I know these students have painted with me previously but now that they are in middle school I sometimes feel that they just give up and forget all those suggestions I have given them over the years. Well, not this group. They took off when the paints were placed on the tables. I briefly discussed how to paint in the impressionist style but did little demonstration. These kids know tints and shades and how to apply paint. Well, after hanging these masterpieces, I guess they have been listening to me over the years after all!


Day One: Students used up to 4 colors for their pond water, then added lily pads.



Day Two: Students painted waterlilies to represent the delicate petals of the waterlily.
Apply paint with thick brushstrokes...

Apply paint with thick brushstrokes…


 Lastly, students added oil pastels to create more petals and completed the flowers.



Keep on Creating!


tempera paints
12 x 18 drawing paper
large and small brushes

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    March 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    It's never easy to paint water! They did great. Awesome blog too.

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    dutch sisters
    March 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Very pretty!

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    March 3, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Just beautiful !!

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    Tati Galiano
    March 4, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I am impressed with the strength and beauty of the paintings!.
    It is fortunate for children to have such a good teacher.

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    March 8, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Beautiful!! It is indeed difficult to get middle schoolers motivated sometimes. They did a gorgeous job on these paintings. I love all of the hand-textured paper you use in your projects!

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    June 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love this! Such a great idea!

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