Art History Projects

Exploring Monet Through Finger Painting

So, building on our previous post about Monet our next art project was finger painting inspired by Claude Monet’s “Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies”. I found several ideas on Pinterest, including one from and another from and then modified them to fit the supplies that I already had at home and to what I thought would work best for my little one.

If you want to try it out for yourself at home here is a list of supplies that we used (“ThriftyFloridaMom is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to”):

  • Small square canvas (this was left over from a pack I bought several years ago for another project but was similar to this one:
  • Finger Paints. We have been using this set for the last several years:
  • Painter’s Tape similar to this one:

I like to do all our finger painting projects out on the lanai as it makes for easier clean up. We did this particular project over 3 days time in order to let the paint dry in between each stage. (It also gave us a go to fun activity to do over the course of several days).

The first thing I did was place the painter’s tape on the canvas. I tore several small pieces in order to make the arched design I wanted to mimic the bridge. Next, I set up a paper plate with the finger paints squeezed out. We used warm colors on the first day. I showed my daughter how to make the impressionism type look by using her fingers to make dots on the canvas.

We let the warm tones drive overnight and then came back the next day and repeated the same process with cool tones.

We once again left the paint to dry overnight and then removed the painters tape to show the shape of the bridge. I then helped my little one to finger paint in the bridge. Since our paint set did not include brown pain we mixed the paint together to get the brown color. This way we also got to talk about how if you mix colors together you can get a new color. I forgot to grab a picture at this stage but here is our finished project.

It even got a spot on the mantle!

So what do you think of our Monet project? Did you try it with your little one? How did it turn out? Leave us a comment and let us know.


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