<< I wondered if we could share some thoughts about
his work and sharing it in our classrooms. How do you introduce Monet? >>
This is great that you should bring this up now because we are just beginning
a unit on Impressionism. In my Art 4 class I have them study and write about
impressionism and then with books they find the artist and painting that they
like the best. Then through a questionaire they determine what colors are
used, the style of painting, strokes, dabs etc.,the subject matter of the
artist , time of day, and so on.
When they finish I ask them to find the next painting taking from what they
wrote down they find subject matter similar to their painting and create a new
composition. The new work will use the style, colors and subject of the
original,but they will be using Craypas (oil pastel). It is applied like the
paint and is thick and colorful, a spray crystal clear makes it look like
paint. This has been very popular and some of the works have sold for $150 at
our end of the year show. Monet has always been a favorite because of the
style of work and color as well as the range of subject matter.
I wish I could see this show, maybe someday.