English: The Water Lily Pond ((1919) by Claude...

The Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet

Here is a project that I found it in a  book entitled: Art for the Very Young by Elizabeth Kelly and Joanne McConville. It features a technique made popular by the Impressionist art movement of which Claude Monet was and still is a front-runner. I first discovered this charming painter when I did an assignment on one of Monet’s fellow Impressionists, Pierre-Auguste Renoir for Humanities class in the eleventh grade, high school.


Materials Needed:

Cookie sheets, cake pans, or pizza pans

tablespoon each of blue, purple, pink, green tempera paint



Dish detergent

Wite construction paper that is larger than the pan you choose to use

Green tissue paper

Small plastic containers, one for each paint color


Paint brush(es)

Cut tissue paper into lily pads. In each plastic container mix: 1 tempera paint color with 1  tablespoon each of honey and water. Place pan upside down and paint the surface with any combination of the tempera-honey-water mixtures. Place construction paper over painted area. Gently smooth paper with hands. Carefully lift paper to reveal a “pond” pattern. Place tissue paper lily pads on wet paint. Gently smooth them down and let painting dry.


Art for the Very Young: Ages 3-6

Art for the Very Young:   http://www.amazon.com/Art-Very-Young-Ages-3-6/dp/1568226683/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325716647&sr=8-1

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