Friday, November 19, 2010

Monet's Method: 5th grade painting

Claude Monet, known as the Father of Impressionism, made a quick painting early one morning.  It was an image of a foggy river with a vague silhouette of a boat, and a bright orange sun rising in the background and reflecting off the water.  This painting was called Impression: Sunrise, and it gave Monet and his fellow group of painters their name - Impressionists.  Although this art movement was criticized and ridiculed at first, it has become one of the most popular styles of art in history.  Monet spent many years painting outdoors, capturing light an dshadow of a brief moment in time.  His most well-known images - haystacks, gardens, architecture - were painted over and over, at different times of day, and in different seasons. 
We enjoyed our take on the "Monet Method" - hope you do too.

After we finished painting, we finished coloring our thumbnail sketches with pastel and mounted them to make "Mini Monets"... these are very small, but very colorful!


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