Art lesson: Monet’s “The Japanese Footbridge” and bees

Join art teacher and beekeeper Casey Kemper and Nasco Education’s Kris Bakke to take a look at Monet’s “The Japanese Footbridge.” Kris will do a quick overview of the steps to adapt this lesson plan for at-home learners, as well as discuss watercolor resist, best practices with materials, and art history at the elementary level.

Grades 1–4

Students will:

  • Use all art materials in a safe and responsible manner
  • Understand that impressionism is a specific art movement and that Claude Monet was known as the founder of French Impressionism
  • Understand that impressionism is marked by paintings that contain bright colors with brush strokes that show lots of movement
  • Recognize the painting “The Japanese Footbridge” and understand that it is an example of an impressionist painting
  • Understand the materials and processes associated with impressionist paintings


“The Japanese Footbridge” lesson plan

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