Dancing With Monet's Water Lilies

Dancing With Monet's Water Lilies craft

The freedom of expression in Claude Monet's paintings of water lilies is a natural analogy for children's joyful play.

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    Look at several prints of Monet's water lilies. Notice the free-flowing brush strokes he used to show water in motion. Imagine yourself swimming in that water. How would you feel as the water swirls warmly around you?

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    Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Choose Crayola® Washable Kid's Paint colors that suggest water and nature. Using large, free strokes with Crayola Brushes, paint water and plant forms on a large sheet of paper.

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    Paint yourself into the environment, too. Paint as if you could feel the water and leaves swirling around you. Try natural colors, and flow with the water.