Famous Artist: Monet

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Famous Artist: Monet

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Teaching kids about famous artist money with great books, free pritnable report forms, and lots of hands on art projects.
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Monet is one of my favorite artists so I really enjoyed showing Goofy his works of art & learning about him together. Here are some famous Monet’s you may recognize:

     
 

I remember going to the Musee d’Orsay with my Dad growing up to see all the beautiful Impressionist paintings. I was always loved the beauty of his outdoor scenes he loved to paint. His pictures are beautiful printed in books, but there is nothing like seeing them in person! Then you can appreciate the Impressionist style better. Find a Monet in a museum near you


We continue to use this wonderful program called Child-size Masterpieces to play a memory-type game with famous artwork. The program uses museum quality postcards of famous artwork. The kids match them up first with the exact same picture, then by artists, and eventually by genre. There are I believe 6 books and each adds to the complexity. By the time the kids finish they will be familiar not only with a variety of artwork, artists, and styles, but will be able to match artists to their artwork.
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We completed the Monet activities in our study of famous artists – a lapbook from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. We now use this more practical, long term solution - FREE Famous Artist Report Form.
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We read good books, the start of any lesson for us! Some simply showed Monet’s work with a couple phrases, others were told like a story so the kids understood who Monet was, all of them were filled with beautiful impressionistic Monet art!


Monet made lots of pictures of his water garden in  Giverny – the water & bridge, lily pads, etc.. So we decided to make our own Monet. We made our masterpiece on canvas (just like great artists!!) We tore up pieces of dark blue, light blue, light green, and light purple tissue paper. Goofy then glued them (making sure to overlap them to get the Impressionistic look) to the canvas.

making a tissue paper water lily inspired by monet

We then made lily pads by using a cup as a guide and cutting out a triangle from it. We then crumpled them up a little & glued them to our masterpiece. We made larger crumbled white flower with light pink glued in the center.

make the flowers by tracing a glasssee the pretty texture
Here is Goofy’s finished masterpiece! I LOVE it! It looks very cool and true to what we were trying to achieve.
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We also tried painting just like Monet – with oil paints. Goofy loved mixing the colors (what better way could there be to learn about color combinations)!! He made two masterpieces: Monet’s water garden and the train in the Paris train station with the smoke all around it. It was a lot of fun & memorable too!

painters palletthe loved painting like an artistfinished work of art

To see more of our Famous Artist Series click here.  To see our field trip to the Smithsonian National Art Gallery click here.


18 comments:

  1. Morning! Saw this at Show n Tell-- and I love this! The finished product is beautiful! What a great idea!!

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  2. Wonderful! All of his finished products are great! I'm getting ready to start art study with my boys, and I am really excited!

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  3. Love the tissue paper art, and that you added in a photo of your son with his art to the lapbook! Great idea, thanks for sharing! Erica @ www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com

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  4. This is such a great activity! I love Monet as well and the tissue paper looks amazing. I love the book widget! Thanks for sharing.
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  5. Your son did a super job. It looks like the pros. Definitely display worthy. Nice job.

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  6. Monet is my FAVORITE artist! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how amazingly awesome the tissue paper masterpiece came out!!!!

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  7. I am just hopping over to thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop! Your son did a fantastic job and that constant smile on his face always tells me you are making it fun for him!

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  8. I love his masterpiece! He looks like he's having so much fun, We've been studying Monet lately too. I'll have to show Goofy's artwork to my little girl. :)

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  9. Oh, Monet's Waterlilies are my favorite! Definitely putting this project on our art list!! We are fortunate to have a panel from his triptych in an art museum near us and it's our tradition to go visit it every year around my birthday!

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  10. So, so pretty!!! I want to make one!

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  11. This is great. Thanks for sharing, and for linking up to the Afterschool Blog Hop!

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  12. Delightful! I love the feel of the tissue paper artwork. It looks like something even my 2 year old may be able to help create in some way! Stopping by from Afterschool Bloghop!

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  13. This is a wonderful artist study. One of these days (or, rather, years) we will revisit great artists. At the moment daughter doesn't have too much interest in art, she is all about science.

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  14. FANTASTIC lessons Beth! Your kids have such a great teacher ;) Your little guy is quite the artist! Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday! Always like seeing what you are up to!

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    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  16. You were our most clicked idea from last week on the sunday showcase! YAY! You've been featured in this week's linky!!!

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  17. i totally recognised the picture as being in the style of Monet before I even read the post. Goofy did a great job

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  18. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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