Lesson Plan: Monet's Garden - Painting - Science Integration

Monet's Garden


Submitted by: Jeryl Hollingsworth, La France Elementary, La France SC
UNIT: Painting - Science Integration - Ponds - Monet - Painting
Lesson: Monet's Garden - tempera painting
Grade Level: Elementary (First grade samples)


Lesson Summary:

Students create a water garden scene using new painting techniques.


Objectives: Student will

  • Identify Monet as an Impressionist artist and describe his inspiration for his paintings (from viewing video) - talk about his variety of brush strokes and use of tints/shades

  • Learn wet n' wet - identify and blend cool colors

  • Create "impressions" of trees/ bushes - paint with sponges - mix tints and shades

  • Create impressions of flowers with Q-tip dabbing -mixing tints and shades

From Jeryl: This lesson takes four class periods to complete. It tied in really well with the first grade curriculum - actually they asked me to do a Monet lesson. In their science kits they study habitat and did a unit on ponds and lily pads. Also they are doing first, next, and last in writing. When we finished the art project, they did a writing in their class on first we painted with brushes, next we painted with sponges and last we painted with Q-tips.


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Extension - Take a trip to nearby pond and collect samples. Make some sketches of the surroundings while there. Drawing directly from nature like Monet. View water samples under microscope to see all of the living things in the water.


National Standards covered by this unit:


I. Understanding and applying Media, Techniques, and Processes

II. Using knowledge of Structures and Functions

III. Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas

IV. Understanding the Visual Arts in relation to History and Culture Visual Arts Heritage.

V. Reflecting upon and Assessing the Merits of their Work and the work of Others

VI. Making Connections between Visual Arts And Other Disciplines

A. Identify differences among media, techniques and processes used in the visual arts

A. Create artworks that express their personal experiences

A Identify specific artworks and styles belonging to particular artists, cultures, periods, and places.

A. Identify various purposes for creating artworks

B. Use a variety of media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories through their artworks

B. Use various elements and principles of design to communicate ideas through their artworks

B. Describe their personal responses to various subjects, symbols, and ideas in artworks

B. Identify a variety of artworks, artist, and visual arts materials that exist in their community

B. Compare and contrast the expressive qualities in nature with those found in artworks

B. Identify connections between the visual arts and content areas across the curriculum

C. Use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner


Jeryl has this chart copied and pasted into her lesson plan for each day and individual standards marked with a star for each day.



Student grade Watercolor Paper., wide paint Sable Brushes. - Watercolor Paint. - water dishes, Tempera Paint. (green, white black red or magenta, yellow)
Foam Brush., Q-tips., small Mixing Trays.



Claude Monet, impressionism, France, wet on wet, cool colors, tempera , dabbing, shades and tints, habitat




The Magical Garden of Claude Monet. - Grade 1-4- An engaging introduction to Monet's later work, featuring his gardens at Giverny. Based on a visit to the artist by a girl who turns out to be the daughter of Impressionist Berthe Morisot and a niece of Edouard Manet, The Magical Garden effortlessly combines artistic fancy with biographical fact.


Linnea in Monet's Garden. - Linnea, a fresh-faced European girl gives a solid lesson in art history through a first-person account. Her story is like a scrapbook, reliving a trip she took to Paris and Giverny to learn about Monet's water-lily paintings. Watercolors showing Linnea in Monet's environment are juxtaposed with period photographs of the artist and reproductions of the paintings themselves.


Who Was Claude Monet?. - With over one hundred black-and-white illustrations, this book unveils a true portrait of the artist!


Monet (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists). - Monet's life and work come to life with Venezia's sense of humor. Many color reproductions of Monet's work contrast Venezia's silly cartoons, which appeal to children.


DAY 1:

Activity: Teacher will introduce Monet, writing name on board and showing France on map- relate Monet’s lily garden to their study of habitats

Students will view video (Teacher decides how much to show - break it down).

SW view photos of Mrs. H in Monet’s garden (or view and discuss art prints)

Evaluation/assessment: TO, answer questions about artist verbally.


DAY 2:

Activity: TW review info on Monet, show Monet prints. look for cool colors

        TW introduce concept of cool colors

        TW show technique of wet on wet

        SW paint entire paper using wet on wet technique and cool colors

Evaluation/assessment: check for use of cool colors only, blended on entire paper.


DAY 3:

Activity:  TW review info on Monet, show Monet print. - look for tints and shades of green

        TW introduce concept of shades and tints of colors

        TW introduce concept of cool colors

        TW show technique of dabbing paint w/sponges  to achieve the impressionist look of leaves
        and  trees ,drag sponge for reflections

        SW dab in color to represent the trees

Evaluation/assessment: check for use dabbing technique.


DAY 4:

Activity: TW review info on Monet, show Monet prints. - look for tints and shades of flowers

      TW review concept of shades and tints of colors

      TW review concept of cool colors

        TW show technique of dabbing paint w/Q-tips to achieve the impressionist look of lily pads and flowers

        SW dab in color to represent the lily pads and flowers

SW paint in bridge with dark green (optional)

Evaluation/assessment: check for use dabbing technique.



  1. Who was Claude Monet? What country?

  2. What is Impressionism? Why do we call Claude Monet's work Impressionistic?

  3. Where did Claude Monet get his ideas? What kinds of things did he paint?

  4. What are cool colors? How did we use cool colors?

  5. What are tints and shades? How did we use tints and shades?

  6. How did we make our painting like an impressionistic painting? What kind of painting techniques did we use?

Assessment: (modified Rubric from Marianne Galyk)


Assessment Rubric

Student Name:

Class Period:


Date Completed:

Circle the number in pencil that best shows how well you feel that you completed that criterion for the assignment.




Needs Improvement

Rate Yourself

Teacher’s Rating

Criteria 1 – Understands vocabulary - Impressionism - cool colors - warm colors - Monet - tints - shades





Criteria 2 – Painted wet on wet technique using cool colors





Criteria 3 – Created a garden scene using dabbing technique with sponges and Q-tips - tints and shades.





Criteria 4 – Effort: took time to complete painting? (Didn’t rush.) Good use of class time?





Criteria 5 – Craftsmanship – Neat, clean & complete? Skillful use of the art tools & media?





Total Possible: 20




Alternate Lesson:

Children take watercolors to a local garden. Paint their impressions - wet on wet. The next class period, work on adding tints and shades of green with dabbing of sponges. Add flower details with q-tips.



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