"What could be said about me -- a man to whom only his painting matters? And of course his garden and his flowers as well."
Activities We Did
Impression Sunrise Re-Creation
We attempted to recreate the Impression Sunrise on canvas with oil paints – we talked about how these paints are different than paints we’ve used before, they take a long time to dry (which we saw first hand after 24 hours and they weren’t dry AT ALL) and are hard to clean. We also don’t normally paint on canvas, but Claude Monet did, so we talked about the difference between canvas and paper.
Treyton rushed through it a little bit after I warned him about getting it on his skin. That it would be hard to get off: for my “clean kid” this is not his idea of a good time :) But it turned out nice I think.
For the record, we will not be using oil paints again for a long, long time (if ever) – I still have blue paint in my sink I can’t get out!
Alexa loves painting, and really enjoyed this activity, but no matter how many times i asked her, she would not cover the entire page with paint :) Needless to say, it didn’t reveal much of a bridge…. but she had a lot of fun. Treyton and I’s finished projects. Books
We read lots of books this time, while studying Monet.
Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew (not just about Claude Monet)
Katie and the Waterlily Pond by James Mayhew
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Treyton’s favorite) by Laurence Anholt
What Makes a Monet a Monet (We didn’t read the entire, but used for pictures and I skimmed a few pages with Treyton)
Claude Monet the Painter Who Stopped the Trains by P.I. Maltbie (haven’t read yet but we will)
Usborne First Book of Art (pages 38-39)
Usborne the Children’s Book of Art (pages 28-29)
Spot the Difference: Art Masterpiece Mysteries (page 40-41)
Links & Resources
Claude Monet Craft @ The Crafty Classroom
Monet Coloring Page @ Enchanted Learning
Olga’s Gallery of Monet Paintings (over 200)
Monet Artist Study on Squidoo