Claude Monet Art Study and Project

Claude Monet Artist Study and Project

A couple weeks ago I had picked Claude Monet for an artist for the kids to study. It was rather fascinating learning about him. I had no idea that Impressionism was named after is painting Impression, Sunrise (1873).


Claude Monet 1840 to 1926 – France (Europe) – Impressionism

Claude Monet was an Impressionist painter and a man who loved his garden. He loved painting nature. Some of the things he painted was the river Seine, the Thames, and his own garden. He repeatedly painted things but they were never exactly the same. The reason for this was that he looked for difference in light and the time of day.

What I didn’t know that Claude Monet painted his garden for more then 20 years. Did you know that his garden still exists in France and millions of people visit it every year. If you pay close attention you can see the garden and what he painted in his paintings. Claude Monet’s Garden is in Giverny, France.

Did you know that Claude Monet was very fussy about his work? It is said, that he has destroyed over 500 canvases and kicked, cut and insulted many more.

Claude Monet Impressionism - Sunrise

Claude Monet Impressionism – Sunrise

Impressionist paintings contained very bright, bold colors and tend to have very little detail. It is an over all impression of a particular scene, usually outdoors. Primary colors and short brush strokes represent the appearance of reflected light. The desired result of impressionism was to capture the artist’s perception of the subject rather then the subject itself.

In the links below you will find a video of Claude Monet’s Garden and a video to the different paintings he had done.

Claude Monet’s Garden

The Art of Claude Monet in Motion

Project: Reflection Painting


Our paint was a reflection painting that was of Claude Monet’s Pond. You do see this particular picture in the video by seeing the pond.


  • paint brush
  • water color paper
  • tempra paints – blue, brown, green, pink
  • green construction paper – lighter green would be nice
  • glue
  • water
  • blue crayon


  1. Fold your water color paper in half. Then take the blue crayon very lightly on the bottom and shade the bottom half in.
  2. Next you will use the green paint on the top and you will draw about 6 different lines in different lengths. My kids kind of kept them the same length but in between the longer ones you should have a couple shorter lengths. Once finished fold the paper in half so that the green tops the blue. Rub your paper to get the paint on the bottom half.
  3. Next you will use blue paint to make several dots around the green lines. That means in between them. Fold the paper in half again and rub it.
  4. You will need brown for this. In stead of making straight lines to make your bridge. have a curve to them like in the video. You will have a top curve and a bottom curve. Then you will put in lines to connect the two. Once again when you are finished fold the paper in half and rub.
  5. Set your painting aside for now. Cut out about 5 – 7 lily pads shapes. Glue them on the bottom half as they are in the water. Once glued take your pink paint and make a dot for the flower. You could even mix the pink with a little white to. Once you have finished this your painting is complete. You have made a impressionist reflection painting of Claude Monet’s pond, from his garden.





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