When I took my Elementary Art Education class in college, I had so much fun. I did this class during summer school, and I figure if you’re going to do summer school then this is the way to do it. One of the things I learned while I was there was to try and teach kids about famous artists and art pieces while you are teaching art. There is no reason kids can’t learn art history. I did this project in my art class, and I thought my kids would enjoy doing it today. My kids are still young, so I kept my description of impressionism and Monet brief, but I showed them pictures of some of Claude Monet’s poppy fields. This is a great site to find a number of the poppy paintings Monet did. After looking at the art history portion, we started the project. I had pre-planned and had everything ready to go.
All you need is 1 or 2 inch pre-cut squares of tissue paper, a piece of card stock paper, Elmer’s glue diluted to 1/2 glue and 1/2 water, paint brushes or small foam brushes.
Here are the steps:
1. Coat your stock paper with the diluted glue.
2. Place the torn pieces of tissue paper to create the background field look. Experiment with overlapping to explore colors. Experiment with wrinkling the paper to create texture.
3. Next, put a thin layer of the glue on top of the green tissue paper layer.
4. Add “poppies” by rolling squared tissue on the end of a pencil. Dip it in glue, and stick it to the background landscape.
5. Dip a crumpled up black tissue paper in glue and stick in the center of the poppy.