Irises by Monet

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 Irises were among Monet’s favorite flowers. They lined the pathways leading up to the house and Japanese bridge on the artist’s property at Giverny.  

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   Monet applied thick purples, blues and green paint using bold strokes. The effect was possibly induced by his poor vision. 

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  If you need a one day project, this is a masterpiece!1st grade students created these charming paintings with oil pastels and tempera paints. After viewing images of his home and garden, students selected a piece of construction paper, then dragged and rubbed 2-3 oil pastels across their paper.  

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  Next, students “tapped” their brushes into various shades of green paint and painted the iris stems. We chose to paint 5-7 stems. 

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  Lastly, students painted the flower blooms with shades of purples and used just a bit of yellow to represent the center part of the flower. 

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What you will need

  • 12 x 7  in. Construction Paper: Purple, Pink, Magenta, Light Blue
  • Tempera Paint:  Light and Dark Purple, Light and Dark Green, Yellow and White
  • Oil pastels
  • Flat 1/2 Brushes

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