Monet's Garden - Paint Me a Picture

JoyMaster Nancy wanted to take a side trip on our trip to Paris and stopped at Monet’s Gardens in Giverney, France. These famous gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet include elements that inspired some of his most famous paintings: the house, his magnificent water gardens, and acres of flowers. These little houses were found at a garage sale after JoyMaster Nancy returned. They reminded her of her travels so she picked them up for a Magic Garden that celebrates this artistically beautiful place.

Make the Magic Garden

Design
  • What could we create that would look like a painting in real life?
  • Should we have a pond with water lillies?
  • Paint your own garden picture, laminate and include in the garden.
Create
  1. Find cool artsy houses or paint some or rocks
  2. Find stones or tile for cool floor
  3. Place the houses
  4. Add artists, subjects and supplies
  5. Feel the creative juices start flowing!
Connect
  • What kinds of things would you like to paint?
  • Have you ever used watercolors?
  • What was Monet famous for using.
  • What is your favorite thing about painting?
Plants We Used
  • Hosta
  • Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
  • You can plant any small plants. Select plants that will do well in your conditions (sun/shade).
Materials
  • Ceramic Houses
  • DIY Clay Flowers
  • Rock Tile
  • Fairies or other visitors to the garden
  • Mini Pots with Flowers & Succulents (easily found at craft stores)
  • Paintings & Easles
Magic Basket
A Magic Basket, is a collection of extra fun that kids can take into their Magic Gardens. It can be bark, rocks, pinecones and toys - the sky is the limit. For this garden, here are a few other ideas:
  • Street Signs
  • More characters painting
  • Characters modeling for the painters
  • Tourists having a picnic

What to Look for at Garage Sales

Shopping garage/yard sales and at thrift stores is a fantastic way to affordably get a Magic Garden started. You can shop based on an idea or shop for inspiration. Here are some basic things to watch for:

1Containers: This can be an actual planter, but also look for things that could be planters – wooden boxes, plastic buckets – creativity can really pay off here.

2Main Features: Look for houses and statement pieces – it’s great to look collectables and toys. There’s always treasures if your eye are open

3Garden Dwellers: Think outside the box – look for action figures, trolls, fairies, elves. They can be painted too!  Look for plastic if you have little hands playing.

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