Nov 14th is the Birthday if the Famous Artist Claude Monet. He was the founder of the French Impressionist painting Style. Impressionism was a radical art movement which began in the late 1800s by a group of Parisian artists. They rebelled against classical subject matter and embraced modernity, desiring to create works that reflected the world in which they lived.

In other Words:

monet impressionism
Daisy Robinson’s Version of a Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Monet

The thing is, impressionist artists were not trying to paint a reflection of real life, but an ‘impression’ of what the person, light, atmosphere, object or landscape looked like to them. And that’s why they were called impressionists! They tried to capture the movement and life of what they saw and show it to us as if it were happening before our eyes.

So why not celebrate the life of Claude Monet by recreating one of his most famous and favourite subjects Water-Lilies. Monet painted water-lilies in all seasons and in all weathers for over 30 years.


  • paper
  • red, blue, yellow, grey or white paint,
  • a sponge
monet lilly pads
  • Paper plate,
  • silk flowers (from left over Hawaiian Lais)
  • Green card stock
  • Lilly pad tracer from Here
  • glue,
  • magnet tape (optional)
  • Green, blue, white paint


  1. With your finger cover the paper plate with blue paint, dabbing everywhere so it looks like water. Let it dry. (You can also use sponges instead of your fingers)
  2. When its dry use your fingers again to dab a little green and white to make it look more like a pond.  Don’t be afraid to mix the colours. Let it dry.
  3. While its drying cut out the Lily pad leaves** then glue two flowers of different colour into its centre.
  4. When the pond and the flowers are dry, add the magnets to the back of the plate, then glue your flowers onto your pond.

** Note You can either Print your lily pad leaves onto green card stock or print out the Lily pad leaf tracer cut them out then trace them onto Green card stock. Find the Lilly pad tracer here

If you added magnets stick it to your fridge so every time you get a snack you are reminded of the beautiful art work you have created.

Check out our past versions of Monet’s Water-Lilies ponds and bridges made by some of the participants of our Program. They would love to hear what you think so leave a comment expressing your impressions of their Impressionism art style.


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