Grade 2 was really lucky to have Lydia’s Mom come in on Wednesday to help us with our paintings. We have been learning about artists and different styles of paintings. We wanted to try doing a landscape and and chose Claude Monet as our inspiration. Lydia’s Mom is an artist herself. She brought in one of her paintings to show us. She also brought in her easel. The students each had an 8×10 canvas to work on. We made them miniature palettes with cardboard and waxed paper. We used acrylic paint.
The picture above is Lydia’s Moms’ finished painting of Claude Monet’s Poppy Field. She showed us step by step how to paint it.
Before we started we gave our canvas’ a yellow wash, watered down yellow. That was in case we missed painting any of our canvas. Instead of a bright white showing you would just see a pale yellow. Evangeline (Lydia’s Mom) gave us step by step instructions on how to proceed. First we used a pencil to draw in the horizon line, the mountain in the background and the trees. We made our pencil lines light. We needed to start with the furthest thing in the picture. Andy said, “the sky”. Evangeline explained that we needed to just pick up a small amount of white and blue and dab the paint on the canvas… we said “dab, dab, dab” a lot. It was so much fun to paint like Monet. Monet was an impressionist painter. He used small brush strokes and would pick up color from his palette and dab it onto the canvas, mixing the colors on the canvas itself. After the sky and clouds the next closest object was the mountain. After painting the mountains we painted the trees. Then we came down and made a few bushes at the horizon line. Finally we painted the poppies. Watch the video below to see us paint and also see our finished paintings.
We followed Lydia’s Moms’ step by step instructions. Her finished painting of Claude Monet’s poppy field is above.
Thanks so much for the Moms who came in to help – Lia’s Mom, Julie, Talyssa Rose’s Mom, Dominique and Etienne’s Mom Noemie. Thanks to Evangeline, too. You were awesome.