1st graders have been learning about Claude Monet and his Impressionist style paintings, as well as his lovely garden. Here are some great books to use to teach his work: Phillipe in Monets Garden, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, & Linnea in Monets Garden.
We practiced mixing tints, and using dabbing painting techniques.(as many art teachers may know this can be a challenging technique for students, because they are used to painting lines...)
Our second class was spent adding collage. We took brown & green paper strips to create the bridge. Then used tissue paper to add flowers.
The kids had a lot of fun. Here's my bulletin board display.