Claude Monet Water Lilies Art Project for Kids

“Never, even as a child, would I bend to a rule” – Claude Monet

Our Claude Monet Water Lilies Art Project for Kids is open to breaking the rules. Using a piece of card and spoon for colour mixing, children can recreate their own impressionist water lily painting. And while our tool of choice is the spoon, children can explore and experiment with their hands, brushes, a sponge, scrap card or anything else they fancy trying to add texture and movement to the pond.

A spoon could be considered an unusual tool for exploring the works of famous artists. However, as you will soon find out, it blends the colours beautifully and smooths the paint as it spreads across the cardboard canvas, creating a ‘reflective’ surface that was key to Monet’s exploration of capturing patterns of changing light. The spoon can create swirls and movement, that naturally flows, almost like water.

Although a simple twist, it’s one that lends itself to adaption and can be easily applied within the home or classroom.

So let’s gather some old cardboard, paint, and a spoon, and get started!

Claude Monet Water Lilies Art Project for Kids: Materials

Thick Cardboard from an old box
Paint (Blue, White, Yellow)
A Spoon
Tissue Paper
Green Stockcard
Button
Scissors
PVA Glue

VIDEO Tutorial: 

 

Claude Monet Water Lilies Art Project for Kids: Tutorial 

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Step 1: Using a piece of cardboard, cut it into a pond like shape and add sporadically add blobs of blue, yellow and white paint across the surface.

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Step 2: Spread the spoon across the surface, capturing the paint and blending, while spreading to across the surface.

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Step 3: Swirl and move the paint across until the cardboard is completely covered.

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Step 4: To add texture to smooth surface, try tearing the top layer of the cardboard to reveal the corrugated card to create prints across the ‘pond’.

My daughter suggested that these could be ripples created by bugs that often hover across the water, or perhaps a frog that’s just leaped in.

Either way, encourage the Arty Crafty Kids to spend time working on their pond surface, blending colours and if necessary, adding more paint.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art for Kids | Claude Monet Water Lilies Art Project for Kids #famousartists #kidsart #artforkids #monetforkidsStep 5: Using green stock card, add some lily pads to the pond.

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Step 6: And finishing off with tissue paper lilies!

To make the lilies, cut out a pair of circles using two different colours for contrast (or the same) and place a button into the centre, securing with PVA glue.

Then simply scrunch the paper around the button to create a 3D effect.

And the Claude Monet Water Lily Art Project for Kids is now complete!

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I hope your children have fun recreating Monet’s Water Lilies. For more projects inspired by famous artists, check out:

Splat Painting for Kids 

Kandinsky Pebbles

Kandinsky Heart Art Project

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Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art

Kandinsky’s famous concentric circles’ painting is a fabulous source of inspiration for kids and is often used by art teachers to explore colour mixing concepts. Our Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art is all about exploring colour-mixing, playing with light and shade, and the heart feature introduces a seasonal Valentine’s Day twist.

The completed piece looks amazing framed and will brighten up any wall.

And if you’re looking for a kid-made gift project, then the Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art can be made for any special occasion – Birthday’s, Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day Christmas or even for ‘just because’ days.

So let’s gather some materials and get arty….

Arty Crafty Kids | Art for Kids | Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art | Inspired by Kandinsky Art, this gorgeous Heart Art Painting is a fabulous art project for kids that can framed and shared as a Kid-Made Gift for any special occassion, uncluding Mother's Day and Valentine's day

Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art: Materials  

Download the template (found towards the bottom of this post)
Printer
Watercolour Paints or a medium of your Arty Crafty Kids choosing
Mixed Media Paper or Cardstock

Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art: Tutorial 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art for Kids | Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art | Inspired by Kandinsky Art, this gorgeous Heart Art Painting is a fabulous art project for kids that can framed and shared as a Kid-Made Gift for any special occassion, uncluding Mother's Day and Valentine's day

Step 1: Download and print the free Heart Art Template – remember to select ‘fit to page’ when printing.

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Step 2: Apply the watercolour paints.

If your Arty Crafty Kids are using watercolours, there are a couple of ways to apply the paints.

They can experiment with the wet-on-wet application, whereby a small layer of water is spread across the paper first with the paints mixed on top.

Alternatively, or as well as, they can mix water directly with the paints. The amount of water used will alter the vibrancy of the colour i.e. less water will create bolder colours; more water will produce lighter shades and are more likely to blend with the surrounding colours on paper.

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Step 3: Fill the hearts with contrasting colours or/and lighter/darker shades of one.

Fill the empty square space with colour. This could be one block colour or something else.

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Step 4: Continue filling the entire space with colour and contrast.

Step 5: While we have used the medium of watercolour paints, crayons, acrylic or even oil pastels could also be used.

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Step 6: Once the painting has dried, pop it into a frame!

And voila, the art project is complete…

 

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Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art: Template

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I hope your Arty Crafty Kids enjoy the process of creating their own spectacular Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art paintings.

For more Arty inspiration…

Check out these Art Projects for Kids: 

Cool Cat Newspaper Art 

Mixed Media Unicorn 

Bleeding Crepe Paper Art 

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Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colourful nature art with rocks.

Kandinsky’s Squares with Concentric Circles is perhaps his most recognisable work and is commonly used by teachers as an introduction into the topic ‘famous artists’. You might be surprised to learn that this piece was never a fully-fledged painting and was used by Kandinsky as a type of colour chart for his work. As we all know, children certainly know how to mix colours (especially when it comes to brown tones) and this simple Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art project is a fun way for children to explore colour combinations, with an opportunity to use natural materials as their canvas.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.

As well as creating a piece of abstract art inspired by a famous artist, these rocks present endless creative play possibilities. Kids can use them as colour charts; to create patterns and mandala art; they could be offered as gifts to friends and family or simply left on the beach as a gift to a stranger.

Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art: supplies and tutorial

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Smooth round rocks
Acrylic Paint
Varnish or Modpodge Sealer 

To begin, arm the kids with their buckets and take a trip to a nearby beach (or anywhere else that may have rocks) and collect as many smooth round rocks as your kids can carry.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colourful nature art with rocks.

Next, thoroughly wash the rocks and leave them to dry.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colourful nature art with rocks.

Cover the surface with a base layer of white acrylic paint and leave it dry.

Once the base layer has dried, add the circles.

“Everything starts with a dot” – Wassily Kandinsky

Start with a large dot in the middle and then add multiple surrounding circles, encouraging the kids to use the full colour palette.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.

Once the rocks have dried, add a light layer of varnish over each. This will preserve the paint and add a gorgeous glean.

Next it’s play time!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.

Your Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art is now Finished

For more easy art ideas to try with the kids, take a look at our super fun bubble wrap printing technique and unique watercolour yarn art process!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Kandinsky Inspired Rock Art | A fun interpretation of Kandinsky's famous conecentric circles. A great way for kids to learn about famous artists and create their own colouful nature art with rocks.