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In Claude Monet’s garden : Painting 3
Sunday 24 August 2008
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To immerse in the working methods of various artists(Claude Monet, Sandrine Morsillo, Jean-Marie Deroche) to create paintings about flowers.

- To discover the work of a painter, Claude Monet, and more precisely his paintings representing flowers and gardens.
- To compare and confront his work with that of other artists working on the same theme.
- To express feelings in front of a painting, and to listen to others’ feelings.


Oral language
- Being able to evoke an event (visit of gardens), to express oneself from reproductions, pictures, books.
- Being able to memorize the name of a few flowers observed in the garden Sensitiveness, imagination, creation
- Being able to identify the colours the shades used in the works of Claude Monet
- Being able to immerse in the language of the painter
- Being able to adapt one’s gesture to material constraints (tools, props, materials),
- Being able to make choices among the methods and the materials which have already been experimented (size, stencil…)


- Gouache of several colours, including several shades of green, in saucers
- Paintbrushes
- Drawing paper
- Photographs of real water lilies
- Reproductions of Claude Monet’s water lilies (the Nympheas)


- Claude Monet, Les Nymphéas
- Sandrine Morsillo, Pages arrachées
- Jean-Marie Deroche, Fleurs



- 1)Observe and describe

- Photographs of water lilies;
- Reproductions of Claude Monet’s Nympheas

Watch, comment, analyse the various pictures : colours of the plant, palette used by the painter for the representation of the light, the water, the leaves, and the flowers.

Observe more closely to try to understand how Claude Monet manages to represent the flowers. Notice than he paints with strokes of various size, colour and orientation.

- 2) Realize a background on a thick sheet of soaked paper from inks stains (choice of colours : various blues, greens a little brown, yellow and orange). Dab the excess of ink with absorbing paper.

- 3) Make up shapes of flowers with models cut out from thick cardboard : on the background, draw leaves with a pencil, paint the shape with thick painting alternating the strokes of various shades of green. The vegetal shapes will be outlined with a thin paintbrush in the end, in a different shade of green. Peindre les fleurs avec des touches de peinture épaisse, rapides, courbes, de bas en haut -comme croissent les plantes-, dans les teintes observées sur les photographies : blanche, rose, jaune clair, mauve.


Represent other flowers of different shapes (bellflowers, clusters), with pencils pens, paint, on various props (material, plastic, paper, wood), inspiring from the composition observed in the works of other artists… Représenter le "portrait" d’une fleur, très sobrement, dans un grand espace carré, comme dans les oeuvres de Jean-Marie Deroche.

Associate, as Sandrine Morsillo does, flower painting to a handwritten text, on the same page : create or recompose a poem, illustrate this text with gouache.



It will check

- the use and the adaptation of the gesture to the tools and materials
- the choice of the colours i relation to the project.

Marie José Guillaume , Nursery Scool Orangerie Bonnelles (Yvelines )France

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