detail of one of Monet water lily paintings

Enjoy Free Monet-Inspired Activities June 25

Tickets for the highly anticipated exhibition Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature will go on sale to the public at 10 am on June 25! To celebrate this occasion, we are inviting visitors to participate in several free activities on the plaza outside the Denver Art Museum from 10 am-noon that day (does not include admission to the museum).

Take a selfie in front of your favorite digitized Monet painting, try your hand at plein air pastel drawing, make a paper flower, or take in the visuals of the Monet-inspired pop-up garden on the museum plaza. Read on to learn more about these activities, and don’t worry, if you can’t make it to the DAM on June 25, we’ve included step-by-step instructions below so you can try your hand at similar artmaking projects at home.

MAGIC MIRROR PHOTO BOOTH

Snap a selfie in the Magic Mirror Photo Booth that will digitally place you in front of your choice of five digitized Monet paintings that will soon be on view at the DAM! Printed and digital versions of your photo will be available instantaneously. Share your pic on social media with #DenverArtMuseum and #MonetatDAM to spread the excitement.

POP UP MONET-INSPIRED GARDEN

We collaborated with our friends at Denver Botanic Gardens to create a one-time-only, pop-up Monet-inspired garden for all to enjoy on Martin Plaza. Denver Botanic Gardens took inspiration from five Monet paintings to design the five mini gardens that will be on display. Observe the gardens that bring the paintings to life and learn more about Monet in the process.

PLEIN AIR PASTEL DRAWING

Use Monet’s favorite sketching tool to explore the brilliant colors and shapes of flowers. Local artist and DAM Drop-In Drawing instructor Anna Kaye will be on-site teaching plein air pastel drawing inspired by Monet’s own techniques. “Supplied in an array of vibrant hues, pastels are excellent at recording the fleeting effects of light and movement as well as the fresh colors of nature,” Kaye said.

“Bring me paper and pencils, I absolutely need them.” – Claude Monet to Frédéric Bazille, c. May 4, 1865

Tips for pastels from artist Anna Kaye:

  • To give the drawing structure, build your design from general lines to shapes and fill them in with detail.
  • Fill your paper with color; experiment with mixing and layering colors inspired by flowers and nature, just like Monet.
  • Colors can be layered either by covering them completely or by allowing bits of color to show through.
  • If you’ve got a lot of loose powder, simply tap your drawing onto a sheet of paper or the trashcan.
  • The pastels we will use on June 25 are Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels on Mi Tientes paper. If you would like to explore other types of pastels, check out sanded pastel papers, Stabilo CarbOthello pastel pencils, and Sennelier soft & oil pastels.

PAPER FLOWERS

Find your favorite flowers in the Monet-inspired garden installation and use them as inspiration to create your own vibrant bouquet to take home!

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” – Claude Monet

Instructions to make a paper flower
Steps to make a paper flower and take home for your own flower bouquet! 

1-2: Select four sheets of tissue paper and stack them so that they all line up.

3-5: Fold the sheets of tissue paper accordion style.

6: Place your pipe cleaner in the middle of your folded tissue paper and loop it around the paper.

7: Twist your pipe cleaner to secure the stem under the paper and cut the ends of the paper*

8: Spread the tissue paper out to form an accordion fan.

9: Pull top layer up towards the middle to create your petals.

10-12: Repeat around the center of the flower until all of the layers are lifted up.

*You can cut the ends of your tissue paper to create different types of flowers.

Collage of paper flowers
Display your paper flower bouquet in fun vases or for photos!

All Monet-related activities taking place on Martin Plaza June 25 will be free to the public. Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature will be on view at the DAM October 21, 2019 through February 2, 2020.

A special thanks to Anna Kaye for these images and for designing these two activities.

Image at top: Claude Monet, Waterlilies or The Water Lily Pond (detail) 1904. Oil on canvas; 34 ¾ x 36 in. (87.95 x 91.44 cm). Denver Art Museum, Funds from Helen Dill bequest, 1935.14

Jena Pruett is the communications and media relations coordinator at the Denver Art Museum. Jena has been at the DAM since January 2018.