"People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it's simply necessary to love. "
~ Claude Monet
.: 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 9"x12" sheet of light blue construction paper
One 12"x18" sheet of newsprint (placemat)
Four Q-tips (plus lots of extras!)
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:
Monet: Getting to Know the World's Artists (not pictured)
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.