Beautiful Monet’s Water Lilies Level: 1-2


Monet’s Water Lilies

Art Lesson Plan by Renee Ellenberger



Oscar-Claude Monet, better known as Claude Monet, was a famous French painter in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is best known for founding Impressionism. Impressionism is an art movement that focuses on small yet visible brushstrokes and a natural depiction of light. Monet’s Water Lilies is a collection of paintings of water lilies which captured the essence of the Impressionist movement. Monet pays special attention to how the water reflects lights in his oil paintings. Monet’s Water Lilies, along with some of his other works, can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and various other museums all over the world.



Each student will use different colored tissue paper and muffin liners to create a work of art based on Monet’s Water Lilies with a score of 3 or better on a 4 point rubric. Students will work on fine motor skills while using scissors and glue. Students will learn about a famous artist and art movement.



Anchor Standard #2
-Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #3
-Refine and Complete artistic work.

Anchor Standard #4
-Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for



Students have displayed sufficient skill in using scissors and glue. They have further engaged in other lesson where their fine motor skills have been proven to be at the appropriate level. They have also explored other types of art while displaying an understanding of the art elements. Reinforcement of the idea that artists experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches. With the skills and lessons they have learned, they will create a piece based on a famous painting. They will cut tissue paper, glue it to construction or drawing paper, and fold and cut muffin liners to create flowers and lily pads that will also be glued to the paper.


Step 1:
Cut blue, green, purple, pink, white, and teal tissue paper into randomly shaped pieces. Use the tissue paper to fill up the entire field of light blue construction paper or white Display My Art drawing paper. Make sure to overlap pieces.

Monet's Water Lilies Art Lesson Plan


Step 2:
Mix together glue and water. Use the mixture applied with a foam brush to adhere tissue paper to the paper. When tissue paper has filled the paper, brush thin layer of glue/water mixture over the entire piece to prevent lifting of tissue.

Monet's Water Lilies Art Lesson Plan


Step 3:
Fold green muffin liners in half and overlap to form lily pads. You can use either regular sized muffin liners or minis depending on the size of your paper. Next, fold pink and white muffin liners into quarters and cut a “v” into the rounded end to form the flower petals.

Monet's Water Lilies Art Lesson Plan


Step 4:
Glue flowers to the lily pads. Place and glue 2 or 3 lilies in the tissue paper “water.” Do not use the water/glue and foam brush technique this time as we want the water lilies to stand out a little more.

Monet's Water Lilies Art Lesson Plan



While your students are working on their pieces, teach them these fun facts about Claude Monet!

  1. When Monet was young, he would draw caricatures of his teachers, and later on would sell caricatures for money..
  2. Monet lived in France, England, and the Netherlands throughout his life.
  3. Each picture in Monet’s Water Lilies collection was painted from a different perspective and/or at a different time of day.
  4. Oscar-Claude Monet’s parents called him Oscar, yet for some reason we all know him as Claude today.
  5. “Impressionism” gets its name from one of Monet’s works, Impression, soleil levant.


*Don’t forget to put student name and year on the drawing, at least one inch away from the outside border.*

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Required Materials

  • 01Tissue paper
  • 02Scissors
  • 03Construction or Display My Art drawing paper
  • 04Glue
  • 05Water
  • 06Muffin liners
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