Monet Water Lilies Art Lesson

Do you love the look of impressionism and want an easy art lesson for your children? Any aged child can use his work as inspiration to create this fun water lilies art lesson.

2 art projects with tissue paper of water lilies on shiplap.

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Young children will love this project because the background is super fun to make. This will help them feel like they can’t do it wrong. We always love when art projects help build confidence.

Claude Monet Resources To Use

Recommended Supplies

  • Cool Colored (blue, violet, green) Bleeding Tissue Paper: for the easiest use with younger children precut it into 1″ x 1″ squares
  • Glue Water Mixture: 1:1 ratio of glue mixed with water in a small container
  • 9 x 12″ Tagboard or Heavy White Drawing Paper: Use at least 80 lb. drawing paper so that the paper does not curl up too much.
  • Oil Pastels (green and black or blue)
  • Magenta, Violet and White Tempera Paint: We recommend using Premier Crayola Tempera paint so that get enough contrast from your tissue paper background. We tried using the washable finger paint and didn’t seem to make our water lilies stand out enough.
  • Paper Plate, Tray or Palette
  • Paintbrush
glue bottle, tempera paint, oil pastels, white drawing paper and tissue paper squares on table.

Ideas To Modify This Art Lesson

How Long Does This Lesson Take

If you are doing this project in a classroom setting, it will take around 3-4 40-minute classes. If you are doing this project at home, it can take up to 1 hour to complete.

How To Make Your Own Water Lily Art

Before You Begin

Discuss and analyze his work with children. One of the things children find most interesting is the sheer size of some of his paintings. This website shows images of him standing with his Water Lily Paintings.

Step 1: Fill White Paper With Bleeding Tissue Paper

In order to do this, you will put a 1″ x 1″ square of tissue paper on a piece of paper and paint the glue water mixture over it. Keep repeating this and overlapping different colors until the whole paper is full.

hand holding paintbrush adding glue water mixture over tissue paper squares.

It can be difficult for kids to keep the paper completely flat, but encourage them to dab, dab, stroke, stroke over the paper and leave it once it is on. We talk more about painting with bleeding tissue paper here.

zoomed in view of bleeding tissue paper in green, purple and blue mixing together with brush painting water on.

Step 2: Let Paper Fully Dry

The tissue paper collage will probably be pretty wet and will take a while to dry.

white paper with painted tissue paper on it on art table.
The colors of bleeding tissue paper will continue to blend together as it dries.

Step 3: Paint Water Lily Flowers

Give pink, purple and white tempera or acrylic paint on a tray. Dip your brush into 2 colors and create repeated curved lines for each water lily flower.

Do not give children water to rinse their brushes in between. You want the colors to natural mix together.

paintbrush dipped in pink adn white paint adding water lily to tissue paper collage.
Encourage children to leave the texture of the brushstrokes for a nice effect.

We recommend creating at least 3 different flowers in various sizes to help should foreground, middle ground and background.

3 different water lilies painted on cool tissue paper collage.
If there is not enough contrast, you can add a second coat of paint once the painting dries or use pink and purple oil pastels.

Step 4: Let Dry

Step 5: Draw Lily Pads With Green Oil Pastels

Create organic shapes around your painted lily flowers with green oil pastels. Blending a little black or blue on the edge of your lily pad will also make it stand out.

two different collages with water lilies.

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Art Lesson FAQs

When painting with bleeding tissue paper, should you use square tissue paper or rip it for the best results?

Pre-cut squares are easier for children to use. However, this project does look better if you get more organic shapes by ripping the bleeding tissue paper.

Does the glue and water mixture have to be measured out?

No, you can just eyeball the mixture trying to get a 1:1 or 1/2 water and 1/2 glue. You probably can even get away with 1/3 glue and 2/3s water depending on the glue you are using.

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Remember that all kid art projects should be open for interpretation and encourage each child to put their own spin on creating their own masterpiece.

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cool tissue paper collage with water lilies painted and drawn on.

Monet Water Lily Art Lesson

Use Monet's artworks as inspiration for this art lesson for kids.
Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Cost: under $5

Equipment

  • Paper Plate, Tray or Palette
  • Paintbrush

Materials

Instructions

  • Create a tissue paper collage with cool-colored bleeding tissue paper and glue/water mixture. Fill the whole page with overlapping shapes.
  • Let the background fully dry.
  • Use pink, purple and white tempera or acrylic paint on a tray. Dip your brush into 2 colors and create repeated curved lines for each waterlily flower.
  • Let paint fully dry.
  • Create organic shapes with green oil pastels around your painted lily flowers. Blend a little black or blue on the edge of your lily pad to help it stand out.

Notes

  • It can be difficult for kids to keep the paper completely flat when collaging the tissue paper. Encourage them to dab, dab, stroke, stroke over the paper and leave it once it is on.
  • We recommend creating at least 3 different water lilies in various sizes to help show foreground, middle ground and background.
  • If there is not enough contrast between your water lilies and background, you can add a second coat of paint once the painting dries or use pink and purple oil pastels.

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