Mother's Day with Monet!
Sunday, May 8
1–4 p.m.

Spend Mother's Day at the Museum! Water lily displays, live music, tours and hands-on activities make this an affordable and pleasant day for the entire family! This year's Mother's Day event celebrates the featured exhibition, Monet's Water Lilies. The following programs are in Atkins Auditorium and are FREE.

The Art of Water Gardening
1–2 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Alan Branhagen, Director of Horticulture, Powell Gardens

Monet Gardening – Kansas City Style
2:30–3:30 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
Adair Weingart, Johnson County K-State Research and
Extension Master Gardener

Mother’s Day Brunch
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Rozzelle Court
Reservations required; Call 816.751.1ART (1278)

Story Time about Monet's Garden
The Alliance Française de Kansas City
1:30 p.m., repeated at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Bloch Lobby

Discuss Monet’s Water Lilies with Museum Guides
Ongoing 1–4 p.m.
Galleries L13 & L14
Click here for Exhibition Tickets

Ongoing Outdoor Activities
1–4 p.m.
South Lawn, Kansas City Sculpture Park

Museum Café
Box lunches and refreshments available for purchase.

Monet's Technique: Examining Water Lilies
Thursday, July 14
6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium

Simon Kelly, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Mary Schafer, Associate Conservator, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, discuss Monet's painterly techniques, highlighting discoveries from a recent examination of the Nelson-Atkins' Water Lilies panel.

Support for this program is provided by Swiss Re.

Museum members receive a 20% discount off the listed price.


Bonjour Monsieur Monet Ages 6-8
June 28–July 1
10 a.m.–Noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Cost is $105.

Embark on an imaginary visit to France a hundred years ago to meet the Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

In the Lily Pond
Ages 6-8
10 a.m.–Noon | Saturday, August 6
Cost is $25.

Visit the featured exhibition, Monet’s Water Lilies, and paint your own imaginary pond environment containing plants and aquatic life.

Landscape Scrolls
Ages 9-13
10 a.m.–Noon | Saturday, August 6
Cost is $25.

Create a landscape painting incorporating ink and mixed media inspired by Chinese hand scrolls and Monet’s Water Lilies paintings.


Friday Night Workshop
Lovely Lilies
Ages 7–12 with adult
6:30–8:30 p.m. | Friday, April 15
Cost is $40 per adult-child pair.

Visit Monet’s Water Lilies and create a cup and saucer in clay of your own imaginative lotus flower.

Adult Studio Class
Waterlilies and Watercolor
10 a.m.–Noon
Fridays, June 10 & 17
Cost is $50. Museum members receive a 20% discount.
Instructor:  Nina Irwin

Explore the fascinating and revolutionary paintings of Claude Monet. His monumental Water Lilies triptych reveals the artist’s ideas about light and color and reflects his reverence for nature.

Beautiful Blooms
Ages 7–12 with adult
6:30–8:30 p.m. |Friday, June 23
Cost is$40 per adult/child pair.

Visit Monet’s Water Lilies, and hand build with clay to create a three-dimensional flower tile.

Brush with Nature
Ages 8–12 with adult
6:30–8:30 p.m. | Friday, August 4
Cost is $40 per adult/child pair.
Instructor: Valda Hsu

Practice painting with bamboo brushes and ink to create images of birds, flowers, trees, and compile your paintings into an album format.

High School Students:

PROMenade: French Fashion
Ages: High School
10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Saturday, April 9
Cost is $75.
Instructor: Kreshaun McKinney

Learn about French fashion of the late 19th century and create an experimental garment inspired by the time period and the exhibition Monet’s Water Lilies.


Impressions of Nature
1–3:30 p.m.
Fridays, April 1–May 20
Cost is $160.

Look closer at the paintings of Impressionist masters Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, and practice working with water-based oils as you explore direct observation of nature, effects of sunlight, color changes and brushstroke techniques. Class will work outside in the Kansas City Sculpture Park when weather permits.

Monet and More
1:30–4 p.m.
Saturdays, April–May 21
Cost is $160.
Instructor: Christine Webster

Explore watercolor techniques and how to utilize mixed media in the studio classroom. One class period will be held at Kauffman Gardens, located one block south of the Museum.

Full Bloom: Monet’s Flowers
6–8:30 p.m.
Thursdays, June 16–July 14 (no class July 7)
Cost is $80.
Instructor: Penny Selle

Discover the abundance of flowers Monet planted in his gardens at Giverny—including roses, wisteria, irises, chrysanthemums and water lilies.

In Monet’s Garden
9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Tuesday, June 28
Cost is $80.
Friends of the Arboretum members receive the member price

Spend a glorious day painting in the beautiful setting of the Monet Garden at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens! Friend of the Arboretum members must enroll by phone at 816.751.1ART to verify membership and receive the member price.

Tours and Studio Workshops

Schedule your spring school tour or studio workshop at the Nelson-Atkins. Tours and workshops fill up quickly so plan your visit today.

TOUR: Monet's Water Lilies and the World of Landscape
View the Nelson-Atkins Water Lilies painting reunited with its two side panels, together forming the original triptych.

Grades: 3rd–12th
Maximum Students: 60
April 6–August 7, 2011
Wed/ Fri: 11:15 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.

Studio Workshop: Monet and Mixed Media
Create a mixed media painting inspired by the exhibition and other period landscapes.

Appropriate for grades: 3rd–6th
Maximum capacity: 60 students
April 6–May 30, 2011
Thurs: 10 a.m. OR 12:30 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m.

Teacher Events

Teacher Thursday: Monet's Water Lilies
5–7 p.m., Thursday, April 7
Cost: $5

Spend the evening learning new, inventive ways to infuse art into your curriculum, explore the featured exhibition Monet's Water Lilies and receive a FREE resource.

All-Day Workshop: Monet and His Contemporaries
10 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday, April 16
Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

Discover more in-depth ideas to link your curriculum with the objects at the Nelson-Atkins. Visit the featured exhibition Monet's Water Lilies and the collection. Then, participate in a hands-on art-making activity and receive a FREE CD.

Throughout his career, Claude Monet took landscape and gardens as a major subject. Toward the end of his life, he made a large series of paintings of his garden in Giverny; and the most common subjects were the water lilies that he grew.

The Spencer Art Reference Library has prepared a book display in conjunction with the exhibition Monet’s Water Lilies, re-uniting the three panels of the triptypch (ca. 1915–1926) from three museums.

The Library book display includes 30 titles about Monet’s water lily paintings, his Giverny garden, and the Impressionists and gardens. Some general titles on Impressionism and titles from the Educator Resource Center are also included.

Monet Water Lilies Library Guide