Home Anna Esteban, Llicència d'estudis a St Helens, 2005-06

3. Monet's Corner


To recreate the atmosphere of the garden at Giverny.
To provide a setting for children' artwork
To identify Monet as an impressionist artist.

Tissue paper: pink, white, green, blue.
Green and blue crÍpe paper.
Strong card painted green for the bridge.
Some foil,
Pastel colours,
Pencil, rubber, scissors, glue


Monet's work posters
Monet artworks
Monet live and The Water Lily Pond


  • Story book: "Katie meets the impressionists" by James Mayhew
  • "A work of art" by Joan Chambers, Molly Hood and Michael Peake.
  • "Monet"

Talk about

Claude Monet, his live and paintings. Monet was one of the greatest impressionist and considered the father. He studied how light changed throughout the day, making things look totally different.

And talk about "the garden at Giverny", Monet lived in Giverny forty-three years, creating a wonderful garden which was a work of art in itself. He painted hundreds of pictures of it, trying to capture the impression of the moment. He particularly liked to paint the Japanese bridge and the waterlilies in the pond.

The impressionism: The first impression seem unfinished. They wanted to express movement, light and distance applying colour in big, broken strokes. They wanted to work closer to nature, out in the open air.
Read the story book: "Katie meets the impressionists" by James Mayhew, the story is about the adventures of Katie in the art gallery with impressionists' paintings, including Monet.

Get information about Claude Monet.
Plan the activities to do.
Write the materials they need before starting the activity.

To create a Monet' Corner children have to work as a team and decide the activities they need to do to create a Monet's corner.

Water lilies: Cut small circles of tissue paper in pink, white and green. Fold the pink and white circles in half and cut points into the outside edge. Open the circles out. Put glue in the middle of a green circle and press a pink and white circle on this. Add more pointed shapes gluing each one in the middle. Make the pointed edge stand up to form the flower.

Fronds: (lilianes) Cut a strip from the end of a folded role of crepe paper and cut the shape as they were leaves.

Flowers: Using green pastels, create the effect of foliage. Keeping the paintbrush upright, dab first red paint then white paint over the background. There will be shades of pink where the colours overlap.

Pastel and paint: In a piece of A3 orA4 art paper and using a dabbing movement create your own Monet-style picture with pastels and paint.

Finally, frame of the students pictures. Make a Japanese bridge with dark green card, Put some tissue paper for watery background, some green material to make the base and some blue crÍpe for the pond. Arrange  children's pictures in the background and   water lilies and  fronds below.

Developing the idea
  • Choose another artist, Create a Van Gogh's corner, Degas, Magritte, Matisse etc.
  • Choose a group of artists, impressionists, cubists,

Vocabulary and language
water lilies



Student reflection:

1 - What does Monet try to show in his art?
2 - How is our artwork similar to Monet's artwork?
3 - How is different?
4 - What are cool colours and pastel colours?
5 - What do you learn in this lesson?