Painting Water-lilies and Sunflowers:
A Walk in an Impressionist Garden with Monet & van Gogh
How it works:
Using technology and the Internet, students are given the
opportunity to visit the paintings of Monet's house and gardens
in Giverny (http://giverny.org) and
the collection at the van Gogh museum in Amsterdam (http://vangoghmuseum.nl).
These visits provide valuable information on the artists' lives
Students become familiar with Monet's "Water-Lilies" and van
Gogh's "Sunflowers" by viewing posters in class and original
paintings on the Internet. They learn to interpret and appreciate the
unique style of Impressionism, as they analyze and interpret
these paintings through an artist's eyes. The students explore Web
sites of the artists and compare and contrast their work.
As the culminating fine art activity, students design a "Water-Lily" mural
painting and a "Sunflower" still-life painting, using
tempera. Those already familiar with acrylic paint may chose to do an
acrylic painting on canvas.
This unit fulfills the New York State Learning Standards for the
Arts, English Language Arts, and Technology. The students create,
perform and participate in the visual arts; are knowledgeable about and make use of
the materials and resources available; and respond critically to a variety of works,
connecting the individual work to other works and to aspects of human
endeavor and thought.
Students develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces
that shape artistic communication and how the arts, in turn, shape the
diverse cultures of society. They read,
write, listen, and speak for information and understanding, literary response and
expression, and for critical
analysis and evaluation. Lastly, students apply technological knowledge and skills to
design, construct, use and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and
A computer with Internet access is needed, as is the video and book
entitled Linnea in Monet's Garden, along with the music
CD "A Walk in the Garden". Supplies include tempera and acrylic paints, painting
paper, canvas, and brushes.
This lesson was created for a sixth grade major talent art class,
but it is easily adaptable for all age groups.
Through the use of technology and the Internet, students are
given the opportunity to visit the paintings of Monet's house and
gardens in Giverny
and the collection at the van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.
Visits to their favorite artist's homes, gardens, and museums provide valuable information on their lives and works. This
wonderful motivational tool for students to design their
own Impressionist paintings.
This unit can usually be completed in one month. Library and computer lab visits aid in
the Web exploration of these
artists. If students have Internet access at home, this lends itself to
assigning homework to gather additional research and background
information. There are many valuable books, videos, and CDs that appeal to all the senses and
and creativity in all students.
About the teacher:
Lori Langsner is currently an art teacher at Myra S. Barnes
Intermediate School 24 on Staten Island, NY. She has been
incorporating technology into her classroom for the past three
years with the TeachNet Project. Mrs. Langsner is one of the original
writers of the TeachNet Grant Project for her school. She is also the
recent recipient of an Impact II Award Disseminator Grant for her Art of the Orient: Scroll Painting.