Monet: Reflections on the Seine River

Monet was known for his “plein air” paintings. Plein Air is french for “in the open air” and represents when an artist sketches or paints outdoors, as opposed to in a studio. Creating outdoors was possible by the invention of painting tubes and helped the artist record accurate impressions of a changing moment. My younger students were absolutely amazed by the process of creating reflections in their paintings. 




This project recreates the beautiful reflections and colors seen in Monet’s paintings of morning light along the Seine River. This process oriented project develops the understanding of reflection while having children experiment with tempera paints and brushes. Basic materials and a simple process helped my mini artists feel successful and proud of their masterpieces. 

Included in this 19-page digital lesson plan:
Step by Step full-color photo tutorials from the lesson
Background information
Vocabulary and learning objectives
Supplies needed for project
Student gallery
I Can statements
National Core Art Standards checklist
Vocab cards
Reproducible Artist Statement
Reproducible coloring sheet for early finishers
11″ x 17″ poster

This project requires two to three, 40-minute art sessions.


Full lesson is available in the shop 


Grab a paintbrush and Create! 

If your mini artists create Painted Paper Art projects please share with me on Instagram or on Facebook. Just use the hashtag #paintedpaperart. 

I love seeing beautiful artwork created by kids.






  • Emma

    November 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    It won’t let me access the files from the UK. Is there another way I could get hold of them?

    1. Laura

      November 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Hello, just visit Teachers Pay Teachers and search for the store Painted Paper Art. It is in a PDF version that you can purchase. Thanks for asking.

      1. emma

        December 6, 2018 at 8:45 am

        I think there’s a problem with the website over here. Can I transfer money via paypal and then have the PDF emailed across?

        1. Laura

          December 9, 2018 at 8:58 am

          Hi Emma, Click on the link to Teachers Pay Teachers. You should have no problem. 🙂

  • Emily

    April 30, 2020 at 11:27 am

    I really liked this idea!!!

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