Make a painting in the style of one of the most famous painters of all time, Claude Monet. He was especially famous for using painting reflections in water.
Reflections are symmetrical. Reflection Symmetry is easy to see. You can see it in a mirror, in people and animal faces, in the way a mountain is reflected in a lake. But it is almost never perfect. Our faces are not prefectly symmetrical just as the mountain’s reflection is not (the surface of the lake changes it).
Fold the paper in half and shade the bottom part lightly with blue pencil. This part will be the water.
Start painting your garden above water (in the non-shaded part of the page).
After each part you paint, fold the paper to get a reflection of it before the paint dries.
Continue until your garden is pretty much filled with beautiful abstract flowers. Keep it simple: mostly dots and lines.
Then add your bridge above water and fold it again to get a reflection of it in the pond.
Cut out leaves out of construction paper and glue them onto your pond (bottom blue part only).
Then paint pink and white water lilies on top.
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Claude Monet liked to work outdoors with his friends: Renoir, Sisley, and other artists. He liked to paint his subjects repeatedly but never in the exactly same way. He loved painting the river Seine, the Thames or his gorgeous garden. He loved to look for the differences the light and time of the day can make in color.
How differently do his water lilies look on the foggy morning, sunny afternoon, or a rainy evening?
He loved his garden almost as he did painting. He cared for it himself and painted it for more than 20 years. It still exists in France and over half a million people visit it every year. It looks just like it does in his paintings.
Monet was very easily frustrated with his works. It is said, that he destroyed over 500 canvases and kicked, cut and insulted many more.
Impressionism was named after Claude Monet’s painting Impression, Sunrise (1873). It has an unfinished look which is very different from all the works created before that.
It was so different that calling something was meant as an insult by art critics for a time. But instead, it became a description for one of the most influential and beloved art styles of all time.