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In this lesson plan, students will learn to paint boats like Claude Monet. An example of Monet’s artwork Fishing Boats, Calm Sea (1868) is shown here.
Monet Fishing Boats
Growing up outside the port city of Le Havre, France, Monet was familiar with boats. His father earned his living servicing larger ships at his small shop. Monet never owned his own boat until the age of thirty-three but as a youth he had painted them in all shapes and sizes.
Monet took great care in painting various types of boats, especially sail boats. His fascination with the sails and how
they reflected on the water can be seen in a variety of his works. The town of Argenteuil was a popular destination for
spectators to watch boats race down the Seine River. Monet painted over 170 pieces while living in Argenteuil including many of the Seine River.

Horizon line

Creating: #1, #2, #3
Presenting/Producing: #5, #6
Responding: #8
Connecting: #10

Painting the sky & water

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Faber-Castell watercolor paper
Faber-Castell construction paper pad
Faber-Castell Connector set paints
Faber-Castell oil pastels
Faber-Castell water cup
• glue

First, paint the sky on the top half of a piece of watercolor paper. Start in the middle of the paper and work upwards. Use a lighter shade of blue paint and make your brushstrokes go from side to side.
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Next,  paint the water on the bottom half of the paper. Start at the horizon line where the sky meets the water and work downwards, painting side to side. Use greens and darker blues to create a contrast. Let dry.
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Creating the boats

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Faber-Castell oil pastels
Faber-Castell construction paper in dark colors
• glue




Create boats out of construction paper. Draw triangular shapes for the sails, a skinny piece for the mast, and a banana shape for the hull. I like to curve the edges of the sails to look like their billowing in the wind. You can suggest more basic shapes for younger artists. Cut out the pieces.
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In the next step, Shade in the sails using various colors of Faber-Castell oil pastels.

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Next, glue down the boat pieces on the water portion of the paper.

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Finally, Glue down the boat pieces on the water portion of the paper.

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Final Artwork:

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We hope you enjoy this art lesson! We’d love to see your student or child’s artwork! Tag us on social media #GreatArtStartsHere

To download the Painting Monet Boats Lesson in a PDF file, click Faber Castell Monet’s Boats.

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