Water lilies, cathedrals, bridges, and haystacks; this is the stuff of Claude Monet. It’s pretty, pretty stuff that translates perfectly to working with kids! Snag a book or two from the book list below, run a copy of the printable, and you’re set for a little ol’ art history lesson!
Again with the books…..
I have listed a dozen Monet titles and not even exhausted the list. I mean, I guess this guy is well know. Or something. What I love about these books is anyone can grab one or two at the library and share them with their favorite kiddo or a class. No extensive background knowledge is needed. Children’s books lay it out there and you can just relax and learn right beside your kid!
Talk the talk…
Claude Monet talking points might include the following.
Monet made a steady income as a teenager as a caricature artist. What a sweet summer job, right?
He was an Impressionist artist and was good friends with Renoir, Manet, and Pissaro. They all belonged to the Society of Anonymous Painters, Sculptors, and printers. They wanted to create art that was representative of themselves, not art that was created to please art critics.
Monet painted many series of paintings. These paintings portrayed the same subjects at different times of day, time or year. Monet explored the effects of light on his subject. Common themes in his work were bridges, cathedrals, hay stacks, and gardens.
He liked to paint outside. Fancy art people call this “plein air.”
So, you read some books, you looked at some artwork, and maybe you even had a little chat.
Now it’s time to write some thoughts down on paper.
This can be scary.
Committing opinions to paper can be intimidating for adults. We shouldn’t assume it would be less so for kids. I purposely wrote this printable so that it included little factual information. My goal is to get kids used to expressing opinions about art that are backed up through the use of art vocabulary.
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