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!


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 currently using my World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 curriculum!



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.


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.



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



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.



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.




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.



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



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



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



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



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.


And here is Tinker Bell’s art.



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!


Click here to get The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 



  • Rachel E. February 15, 2012 at 1:58 am

    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.

  • Anna-Marie February 15, 2012 at 2:03 am

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

  • Heather Mac February 15, 2012 at 4:40 am

    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

  • Maria February 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

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

  • Kerri February 15, 2012 at 6:06 am

    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.

    • Angela February 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      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.

  • Danielle February 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

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

    • erica February 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      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)

  • Erika February 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    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.

  • Amy February 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    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!!

  • kara February 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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

  • Becky February 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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

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