FEB
14
2012

World’s Greatest Artists: Monet

Welcome to our World’s Greatest Artists study on Claude Monet! We are having so much fun with these units this year, the kids have been really getting into it and they’re doing a great job!

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Claude Monet was born in Paris, France on November 14,1840. He is known as the founder of French Impressionist painting. Claude’s painting titled Impression-Sunrise, is what gave the Impressionist movement its name.  Characteristics of impressionism include small, thin brushstrokes, open composition and an emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities. Monet typically worked on large canvases painting mostly natural landscapes, although he sometimes included human figures in his paintings. He was very particular about his paintings and was known to refuse to paint unless the light of the sun was reflecting exactly as he wanted it to.

 

If you haven’t seen the previous posts, this year for art we are studying 8 different world famous artists. We have chosen to do art twice a week, and we’ll cover one artist each month. We’re using my World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 curriculum, which you can download FREE, just click on the image below!

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We took a few lessons and discussions to read through the Claude Monet World’s Greatest Artist series by Mike Venezia. We talked about all the different styles that he was known for, and took lots of time to familiarize ourselves with and critically assess his works of art.

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As we learn how to critically assess a piece of artwork, here are some of the things we discussed for each painting:

  • Describe what we see in this work of art.
  • How do they think the artist was feeling when they created it? Why?
  • How it makes your student feel looking at it?
  • Does the use of color help convey mood?
  • Is there something unusual or unique about the piece of art?
  • What is going on in the work, is there a story that can be told about it? (Each of them had a few minutes to share their version of what they thought was going on in the story with us.)
  • What kind of style and medium did the artist use in this work?
  • Overall do you like the painting, if so yes, why? If no why not?

 

Strawberry Shortcake has been “deemed” official writer of artist flashcards it seems. She has the best handwriting and we’re actually doing one artist lap book, so they all share in putting it together. Looking back I probably should have let them each do their own lap book, and maybe I still will.

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Once our card is filled out, we add it in with our other cards in our lap book.

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I used Xyron 900 Magnetic Laminate to turn our artist puzzles into a magnetic puzzle just for fun. The kids like doing these, again I only printed one per artist, so they just take turns.

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After going over all of Claude Monet’s works in the book, we put the paintings into the mini-book, then added our mini-book to our World’s Greatest Artists lap book.

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We also tried our hand at painting like Monet. This proved more difficult than expected for the kiddos. To try and make it a little easier I had them draw the scene in pencil first, then paint it.

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They chose Terrace at Sainte-Adresse.  It was a difficult selection, but they did a great job.

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I always put the real image up for them to see as they paint for frame of reference.

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Turbo was quite into detail today. He was really trying to use small brush strokes and get every detail in.

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Here are some of our finished works, this is Strawberry Shortcake’s painting.

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Here was Turbo’s final piece. I asked why he didn’t paint in the fence after all that and he said it was because he didn’t want to mix another color of brown! By the way, he’s an expert color mixer. Really.

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And here is Tinker Bell’s art.

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And that concludes our study of Claude Monet! I hope you enjoyed it. You can click here to see the other World’s Greatest Artists that we’ve covered so far!

 

Have some great Monet ideas to share? Make sure to link up below!

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Comments

  1. I just love this art curriculum! I don’t have it, but I plan to use it next year. I wanted to use it this year, but with our move to the U.S., I decided to wait. Thank God for your creativity.

  2. Love the pictures, my kids and I did Monet this month too. we did two Monet type paintings:)

  3. LOVE everything! Thank you for sharing so freely. We recently ramped our Nature Study back up, so Artist & Compser studies will be next. I can really use this. Thank you again, many blessings

  4. Like the idea to draw in pencil first and then color. Great tip!

  5. You are an amazing teacher, not only to your children but to all of us mother’s that are just getting started in our homeschooling journey. Praise God for you.

    • I totally agree Kerri. You took the words right out of my mouth. LOL!! I thank God for Erica everyday. She is such an inspiration to me.

  6. Very cute! Love this idea. Curious what you have the paper taped to though. Looks like it cuts down on mess to your table! :-)

    • It’s actually taped to the backside of a chalkboard! It just helps to keep the paper still while painting, plus when you take off the paint you have a nice straight border around their art work! And, yes, it helps keep some of the mess off the tables! :o)

  7. We just started this 2 weeks ago and my kids are loving it! They ask to do the lessons each day so we’re zooming through. Not necessarily going in order but letting them choose which artist to study next. Thank you for offering this to all of us.

  8. Wow, what a great idea! We aren’t doing any art this year (I only have a Kinder) but this looks very fun and do-able. Thank you!!

  9. bless you for this awesome curriculum will be using with my kids this summer!

  10. Love this!! We have this and several other things you have done. Thank you for sharing your creativity. ;)

  11. I LOVE that magnetic puzzle!! I’m coming to school at your house!

    Just found your site today…am not even a homeschooler, but am in love with the things you’re doing with your kids. Great job mom!

    I’m pulling ideas for things to do with my preschoolers in the days ahead.

  12. I don’t have a picture of it, but when I taught art before becoming a mommy, I had a fabulous kindergarten project where we did a wash of cool colors and then sprinkled just a touch of salt on it (for the sparkles on the water) and then did little tissue paper flowers all over it (the kind where you wrap a couple of small squares of tissue at the end of a pencil, dip in glue and sick to page) . Very simple and fun activity with a pretty outcome!

  13. Thank you so much for this artist study. We just starting using it, but instead we started with Georgia O’Keefe because she’s from Wisconsin just like us :) My 9-year-old is loving it. Just did the Red Canna puzzle last night. It was tricky, even for me. LOL!!

  14. This is great! I love the lessons you’ve come up with! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Here’s another Monet piece for kids that I found on Pinterest: http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/CraftArtistMonet.html

  15. I’m confused about the puzzle. So the Xyron lets you laminate on one side and puts a magnet on the other side, right? How do you cut the squares out without breaking the seal along the edges? I don’ have a Xyron and I want to laminate it to keep it from getting destroyed, but if I cut it close enough to the edges to allow the puzzle to fit together nicely, it’ll ruin the seal. Any ideas?

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