Teach Through Educational Travel: Monet’s Water Lilies
- The most famous garden in the world is located in Giverny, France. Look at these amazing photos on Pinterest of Monet’s Gardens in Giverny. When you look at these pictures, do you see what Monet saw? Discuss how beauty informs art – and how surrounding yourself with beauty can inspire.
- Watch this video about Monet, and how he built his gardens at Giverny. Note how Monet’s work changed over time – moving toward series paintings, focusing on light and shadow.
- Do you have an iPhone? Get this incredible Monet’s Garden app, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG). Take your own impressionistic photos, learn more about Monet, and tour the Monet’s Garden tribute at the NYBG.
- Read the section on The Japanese Garden & The Waterlily Series of Paintings. What surprises you about Monet and his gardening? Do you think that painting only pristine gardens is authentic art? What about bugs, plant decay, rain, dirt?