Friday, March 14, 2014

1st Grade: Create Like Monet

Throughout this quarter, first-grade artists have been working on creating art inspired by the impressionistic artist Claude Monet. We have painted impressionistically for our Monet frog's lily pad home and today we experimented with oil pastels to create an impressionistic drawing. Our inspiration was Claude Monet's famous painting, The Japanese Footbridge, and we read parts of Linnea in Monet's Garden to examine how Monet's style of impressionism changed. We analyzed how the artist could draw the same thing four times and how it can look more like a photograph (realistic) or less depending how much he 'stirred' paints together.

Artists loved getting to have their artistic license to experiment how they wanted with oil pastels and practice new techniques. We even got to listen to music that Monet may have listened to (Pachelbel Canon in D). Our artists LOVED it!

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