We recently started our artist study of Claude Monet. I must say I am showing favoritism by starting with Monet, but we will eventually get to the other french impressionist! We have had so much fun browsing through the many books showcasing his work. (just a small note of caution! DON’T let your children peruse through the artist books without being accompanied by an adult :) this could bring up other topics you may not wish to dive into! “wink, wink”)
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet was a WONDERFUL book to spark the imagination of our children and wet their appetites for Monet.
This was a wonderful addition to our artist study this week. We did not read any of the words, so I can not attest to the content, but the pages were acceptable for my children to enjoy by themselves. (pg. 34 has an image that I would not allow my children to study, but other than that the book was great!) We especially enjoyed seeing how Monet’s actual garden was laid out. We envisioned ourselves walking through the Grande Allee and over the Japanese footbridge to let the water lilies captivate us. (Could you imagine paying off the municipality, to pave the road that was near his garden, just so that the dust from the road wouldn’t cause Monet’s lilies to get filthy!? Talk about dedication!)
Now, whatever nature park we are at, we can associate the lily pads to one of Monet’s great paintings like Water Lilies 1906, or going over the bridge across the marsh, to The Japanese Footbridge 1918-1924.
After our week of captivating paintings, both our children were eager to paint on their own canvas.
Flowers in a Garden, by Savannah was inspired by The Artist’s Garden at Vetheuil 1880. She really wanted to point out the pink flowers in the garden!
Artchive is a wonderful resource for artist studies! The site includes ALL sorts of artists and their paintings. You can enlarge the paintings on your screen to delight in the full detail. I found this site on yet another fabulous resource Harmony Art Mom.