Monet landscapes

 

Claude Monet was a trendsetter in the world of art, and, though he is incredibly famous today, he wasn’t popular at all while he was painting.  Artists of his time were interested in capturing a subject just as it was, like a photograph, where Monet was more interested in capturing the idea, or impression,  of what was going on in the scene.  His artwork looked blurry because he was trying to catch things as they were moving or changing, like water ebbing or flowing, or the sun filtering through leaves.

 

First graders took cues from Monet’s water lilies and winter paintings and tried their own versions in watercolor and oil pastel.

 

Fun facts about Monet:

He knew he wanted to be an artist from a very early age.  His mother supported this, and sent him to art school at the age of eleven.  His father, however, wanted him to run the family grocery business.  Eventually he moved to Paris, and war broke out and he was drafted into the army.  He was sent home after contracting typhoid fever, and was able to pursue art full-time, though he was often poor, dejected, and depressed from the criticism of his work.  We now know what an incredible talent he was, but he was very underappreciated during his life.

Claude Monet was a trendsetter in the world of art, and, though he is incredibly famous today, he wasn’t popular at all while he was painting.  Artists of his time were interested in capturing a subject just as it was, like a photograph, where Monet was more interested in capturing the idea, or impression,  of what was going on in the scene.  His artwork looked blurry because he was trying to catch things as they were moving or changing, like water ebbing or flowing, or the sun filtering through leaves.

 

First graders took cues from Monet’s water lilies and winter paintings and tried their own versions in watercolor and oil pastel.

 

Fun facts about Monet:

He knew he wanted to be an artist from a very early age.  His mother supported this, and sent him to art school at the age of eleven.  His father, however, wanted him to run the family grocery business.  Eventually he moved to Paris, and war broke out and he was drafted into the army.  He was sent home after contracting typhoid fever, and was able to pursue art full-time, though he was often poor, dejected, and depressed from the criticism of his work.  We now know what an incredible talent he was, but he was very underappreciated during his life.