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Monet-Inspired Haystack - Project #208

Time: 1-2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Materials:
9x12" Construction Paper in assorted colors
White Glue
Glue Stick
Oil Pastels
Scissors
Pencil
9x12" White Construction Paper
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Steps

  • Step 1
    Choose a cool color of 9x12" construction paper for the background mountain range. Cut a strip measuring approximately 2-1/4 x 12". You can get 4 mountain range strips from 1 sheet of construction paper.
  • Step 2
    Tear a jagged edge on one of the 12" sides, for mountain shapes. Glue to a sheet of 9x12" white construction paper with a glue stick, about 1/3 down from the top.
  • Step 3
    Pick 3 cool colors of construction paper. Using about 1/4 of each sheet, tear tree shapes and glue them to the mountain range. Glue just the bottom of the shapes, so the tops pop out.
  • Step 4
    Draw a haystack shape on the paper overlapping the mountain range and trees; the bottom should be about 2" tall and the top should be about 2-1/2" tall. Alternatively, use our template to decide placement, and trace around the edges with an oil pastel.
  • Step 5
    Choose 4 warm colors for the sunny side of the haystack and 4 cool colors for the shady side. Measure and cut each of the sheets into rectangles measuring approximately 2-3/8 x 4-1/2". You can get 10 rectangles from each sheet, so you should have enough for 10 projects/students. Stack the 4 warm rectangles together and cut thin strips. Then stack the four cool colors together and cut into strips. It is best to keep the piles of strips separated.
  • Step 6
    Glue the hay strips to the haystack, placing warm colors on the sunny side (our example has the sunny side on the left) and cool colors on the shady side. Where the sunny and shady sides meet, overlap and mix the warm and cool colors. For the top of the haystack, glue just the tops of the strips so the hay pops out.
  • Step 7
    Color the background with oil pastels. Build up layers of color, starting with cool colors in the background. Use warm colors in the middle and foreground, with brighter and more intense colors as you get closer to the bottom of the picture. Use cool colors to form the shadow on the ground next to the shady side of the haystack.
  • Optional Tip
    Experiment with different color combinations to represent different seasons or months of the year.

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