Studies of Monet

Term: 2 Year: 2014

Melbourne Montessori priduced this series of works inspired by Monet's Agapanthus, Day Lilies and Irises. Different painting techniques and diagonal compsition help these work become fully realised. 

Unit: Painting Flowers
Year Levels: 4 to 6
AusVELS level: 4-6
Duration of Unit:  5 weeks  2 hour sessions
Term: 1
Year: 2013

Learning Focus from AusVels Level 4

Children experiment with ways of generating ideas and manipulating arts elements, principles to explore the potential of ideas, gaining inspiration from different cultures, styles and historical contexts.

Unit Learning Focus:

Children view and discuss how Monet painted Agapanthus, Day Lilies and Irises from nature, forming a diagonally constructed composition. Focus on the painterly use of tone and complimentary colours after Claude Monet’s Agapanthus, Day Lilies and Irises.

Unit Assessment Standards Level 4:

Creating and making

Children investigate Monet’s method of painting flowers from his garden. They explore the use of paint whilst painting Agapanthus and day lilies from nature to make a diagonal composition.

Exploring and responding

Children interpret key features of Monet’s works after viewing images of his flower painting actual flowers and photos from his garden.

Teaching & Learning Activities

Exploring & Responding

To note Monet’s use of complimentary colours.

Creating & Making

Deciding on colours to be used in the foreground and background.

Resources and Materials

Sourced agapanthus and day lilies in vases

Images by Monet

Photos of Monet’s garden during his life

Link with other domains

Maths: Fractions, especially 1/3

Cross Curricular Priorities

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

Using Hiroshige’s ukiyo-e print which informed Monet’s compositions and cropped framing.


Using found objects to print with.

Link with Personal, Social and Physical Domain

Interaction with peers in sharing equipment and resources and class discussion of images. 

Link with Interdisciplinary Domain

ICT – Comparing the purpose structures of information in different media. The importance of the new camera and photograph, the framing of Impressionist composition.

Thinking process of exploring aspects of the natural, constructed and social world.