Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Meet the Masters :: Claude Monet

"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love. "
~ Claude Monet

Our unit study on Claude Monet was the perfect way to wrap up Track A and was unanimously the most loved art project from the year! The children were all so amazed at what they could create with just three colors of paint. We are looking forward to meeting new artists this upcoming school year as we move on to Track B in Meet the Masters.

.: Master Artist Introduction :. 

Claude Monet (moe-NAY)
French Painter  (1840-1926)

Monet earned the title, "Father of Impressionism" by leading innovative artists to break with tradition and see the world with a fresh eye where light and color reigned. The techniques of Impressionism were discovered through viewing the masterpieces created by Monet.

Art Activity Emphasis: Impressionistic Painting, Color, Theory, Color Wheel
Media: Tempera Paint, Q-tips

Vocabulary: Impressionist, Warm/ Cool Colors, Palette, Canvas, Complementary, Critique, Analogous, Water Landscapes, Reflection

.: Art Supplies :. 

One Paper Plate
One 9"x12" sheet of light blue construction paper
One 12"x18" sheet of newsprint (placemat)
Four Q-tips (plus lots of extras!)
Paper Towel
Red, Yellow and Blue Tempera Paint

.: Practice Technique - Monet's Colors :. 

The Color Wheel: We learned all about the color wheel, how the primary colors (red, blue and yellow) are the only colors necessary to make a secondary color (orange, green or violet), and practiced creating secondary colors with primary crayons.

Color Feeling: The kids also used colors and shapes to illustrate feelings. 

Color Relationship: We learned that colors which are close together on the color wheel are called Analogous colors.

.: Art Project - The River :. 

by Rose (age 4)

Somehow Snuggles' tree caught on fire! You know, with the thunderstorm outside and it being fire season and all... 

I couldn't resist joining the fun too... We are ALL learning so much about art and all the Master Artists! 

Top Row: Ranger and Rose
Middle Row: Chiquita, Captain and Snuggles
Bottom Row: Mom and Twink

.: Additional Reading :. 

From our local library:
Who was Claude Monet? (not pictured) 

Since the children enjoyed studying this artist from Track A of Meet the Masters the most, I ordered Twelve Monet Bookmarks to give them as a special little gift on the first day of school next week.  I'll probably slip one or two into each of their Back-to-School Schultütes.


  1. I purchased this same set for the new school year, and I am so excited to try it out. Do your kids have a favorite artist/art style from the ones they have studied so far? I hope everything is going well for you and your family. God bless!

    2014-08-27 04:13:51

    1. Yes, Claude Monet has been their favorite so far. They really loved working with paint and mixing the primary colors to create secondary colors for this project. They also really enjoyed creating The Starry Night with Oil Pastels when we were studying van Gogh. Every art project from Track A has been fun and unique. I hope you enjoy the program as much as we have!

      2014-08-27 04:23:40

  2. Hi Jessica, What package did you purchase? For what age level ...since you have a varying of age levels? I have a 6,8 and 11 yr old. Not sure what level to get. Blessings,

    2014-08-27 07:57:47

    1. I purchased the Tracks A-G Bundle for Ages 10-Adult (it has a 4-year expiration for the online portion of the program) from Rainbow Resource (using some of my allotment from our homeschool charter program). I've also seen it for sale at a discount from Home-School Buyer's Co-Op. It looks like they are offering some of the bundles at a 40-45% discount over there! Rainbow Resource also carries Art Supply Bundles for the various tracks. I purchased one bundle and then added some additional supplies (extra brushes, pastels, paper chalk, etc - also ordered with my allotment) for the additional children (they share the paint, paper, etc from the bundle). Actually they were all given the "extra" art supplies in their Easter Baskets this year! :)

      I haven't seen the Tracks for ages 5-7 or 8-9… From the samples it looked like the worksheets and art projects were simplified for the younger children. The lesson probably is too. When I was trying to decide which to purchase for our family (ages 13, 11, 10, 8, 6, and 3 when we started last fall) I just decided to go with what was recommended for the oldest children. A friend of mine had purchased all three age groups for her family (toddler-high school) and ended up only using the 10-Adult. There have been a couple times I've had to modify the lesson (i.e. discussing van Gogh's death) or explain a little more to the younger children, but over all I have been so happy with the purchase.

      2014-08-27 14:50:00

  3. I have really enjoyed your art posts from Meet The Masters Jessica, thank you so much for sharing these! I plan to add this next year (this year is already planned out). Wishing you the best on our new school year!

    2014-08-27 12:24:49

    1. I hope you have a wonderful new school year too, Kathy!

      2014-08-27 14:54:52

  4. Marvelous!!! Great job kids. Have a happy year ahead!!!

    2014-08-28 05:01:04

  5. I always enjoy seeing your children's artwork! They display such creative talent in all of their masterpieces! :)

    2014-08-28 20:07:16

  6. What wonderful books, the Linnea book appeals to me. This is a fine art learning experience and the trees turned out great.

    2014-08-28 23:08:42

  7. Lovely work! Your blog inspires me to be a better homeschool instructor and mom! Can you tell me where to purchase that lovely statue of Mary and baby Jesus in your book photo?

    2014-08-30 00:15:07


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