My Own Little Claude Monets

Monet often painted a series of the same subject to capture the changing effects of the light, swapping canvases as the day progressed. See the Haystack series at the Art Institue in Chicago.


Monet is perhaps the most famous of the Impressionists, especially for his paintings of the reflections in the lily pond at his garden. My daughter's created their own lily pads using paper.

How to Create Claude Monet's Water Lily's with Children

Paper Water Lily

Materials needed:

pink, yellow and green construction paper




1 quarter

1 nickel

paint, crayons, or colored pencils

glue stick

Cute 3 pieces of pink paper into 6-inch squares. Cut 3 pieces of yellow paper into 3 inch squares. Cut 1 piece of green paper into the shape of a lily pad.

Place a quarter in the center of a pink square and trace around it with a pencil. Draw 8 petals around the circle, to the outer edge of the paper. Stack all 3 pieces of pink paper, with the drawn sheet on top. Cut out the pattern.

Repeat using the yellow squares, tracing a nickel at the center.

Add splashes of color to make the petals look like an Impressionist painting.

Crease each petal down its center and fold it upward at its base. Set 1 yellow piece aside. Apply glue to the center of all the other pieces. Stack them together, with the pink pieces on the bottom. Fan out the layers so you can see all the petals. Finish with the unglued (yellow) pieces on top. Glue all on top of the green lily pad.