Monet Artist Study
Getting an Impression of Mr. Monet
Claude Monet is sure to be at the top of your homeschool artist study list! His paintings are everywhere and his contribution to art history is unparalleled. It is his own painting Impression-- Sunrise that gave Impressionism its name!
Monet's subject matter is especially family friendly and generally enjoyed by most everyone. So if you're looking for a painter to begin your artist study with, Monet is a great choice!
Hopefully you already understand the basics of a Charlotte Mason styled artist study. If you need to brush up, visit CM Artist Study for the basic how-tos.
Monet Study Ideas
The core of your Monet study is the artwork -- Monet's paintings. So find a source for large, full color reproductions before you begin your study.
- You may want a book, bought from your local bookstore or borrowed from your library.
- Don't forget calendars as possible art print sources! Monet's art is a common wall calendar topic. Look for bargains mid-year.
- Of course, you can rely on online sources as long as your Internet connection is reliable and a computer is available. Olga's Gallery has almost 200 Monet paintings -- enough prints to keep you busy each day for an entire school year!
- Download a Monet art screensaver or wallpaper freeware to gaze at all month.
Decide if you want to study one print per day or one per week. Just make sure that you study at least 12 of Monet's works to provide a firm understanding and appreciation of his style.
To make it super easy for you, here is a linked list of 12 suggested paintings to study:
- Terrace at Saint-Adresse 1867
- The Picnic (Le dejeuner sur l'herbe) 1865-1866
- Lady with a Parasol 1875
- Gare Saint Lazare, Paris 1877
- Haystack. End of the Summer. Morning 1891
- Rouen Cathedral 1893-1894
- Poplars on the Banks of the Epte 1891
- The Japanese Bridge 1899
- Water-Lilies 1914
- Red Poppies at Argenteuil 1873
- Impression: Sunrise 1873
- The Bridge at Argenteuil 1874
Monet often painted multiple versions of the same subject, choosing different times of day and different seasons to capture the subtle changes in light. If your children especially like a certain painting, study a few more in that series and if possible compare/contrast them.
Monet's Art Set to Gentle Music
This video showcases Monet's art. Just art, moving slowly from slide to slide. The music background is a modern version of "Over the Rainbow."
A Spine for Monet Artwork
I prefer to have a book of art as our primary reference for picture study. These Taschen Basic Art volumes are affordable options that have plenty of full-color images for a term's worth of artist study. We have used several of this series as our artist study spines.
Besides the regular painting study, you may want to incorporate some hands-on activities into your study! Monet's style and subject matter offer so many fun possibilities.
First, try your hand at creating impressionistic styled art. Go outdoors and sketch a scene that reminds you of Monet's paintings.
Or copy one of Monet's masterpieces using watercolors at home. Or create your own impressionistic masterpiece using whatever is on hand -- in this case simple markers!
For more activity ideas to supplement your study of Monet, visit Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists. There is also a cartoon styled coloring page of Monet at his outdoor canvas.
Watercolor paints look easy, but they are not for the novice. Give your children a more familiar and easier to control medium -- pencils. Then with the stroke of a wet paintbrush, you can create watercolor effects! Watch the video below for more about using these watercolor pencils.
Watercolor Pencil Tutorial
Watch this tutorial for some basic tips for using watercolor pencils.
"What could be said about me -- a man to whom only his painting matters? And of course his garden and his flowers as well."
--- Claude Monet
Linnea in Monet's Garden
This book is absolutely precious! Not only does it teach about Monet and his art, it delves into nature study and geography! The winsome style is so appealing and makes this book one to treasure even when your study of Monet is over.
About Monet & His Art
Here are some free, online resources to help with background information. Remember, that according to a Charlotte Mason style of artist study, your focus is on the artwork itself, not the biography of the artist. But CM did allow incorporating facts about the artist as long as it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the paintings.
- Inside Scoop from National Gallery of Art
This PDF printable, full color document offers a good introduction to Monet.
- Claude Monet at NGA
Interactive lessons with facts and artwork.
- Turner Whistler Monet Teacher's Guide
Printable notes indroducing the Turner Whistler Monet exhibition at Tate Museum.
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Monet Audio Story
This audio file is an entertaining and imaginative introduction to Monet's most famous Waterlilies paintings.
"What I need most of all is color, always, always."
--- Claude Monet
More Monet Study Ideas
- The Bergenholtz Family Bergblog
Mom Phyllis shares multiple lesson ideas for studying Monet. Her children seem to especially enjoy reproducing Monet styled art!
- Monet with Kindergarten
The art teacher Grant Thomas shares how he introduces Impressionism to his Kindergarten students.
- All That's Goood Claude Monet Study
Sarah shares the Monet study she did with her three sons.
- Monet Reproductions
The children at Life's Adventures blog used tape resist to create Monet's famous bridges.
Monet Printable Resources Online - Notebooking Pages, Minibooks, and Coloring Pages
If your children do not enjoy sketching or are threatened by a blank piece of paper, they may prefer to begin with a coloring page with a black and white outline. Try coloring or painting these free printables!
Or make some minibooks with the free templates offered by another talented homeschool mom!
A coloring page for younger children to recreate their own Monet masterpiece.
- Woman with Umbrella
Another coloring page. After coloring or painting, this would make a great addition to your art notebook!
A super simple outline form for reproducing your own version of Monet's Haystacks.
- Monet Printable Minibooks
Look in the column to the left titled FILES for the Monet Lapbooking Booklets. Lynn has also created some mystery painting notebook pages for Monet. These particular minibooks are called matchbooks. As you can see in the picture to the right, we mou
- Monet Notebooking Page
This is a page I made. It's black & white with a heading, an image of Monet, and room for drawing or pasting two pieces of art.
- Claude Monet Notebooking Page
A free printable notebooking page with a full color reproduction in the corner.
- The Terrace at Sainte-Adresse Coloring Page
A fairly detailed coloring page.
- The Resource Site Monet Printables
A set of six Montessori cards featuring art by Monet as well as a seven page notebooking set.
Monet Biography & Criticism
Here are some nice videos that offer some background information about Monet's life and times.
"Gardening was something I learned in my youth when I was unhappy. I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."
--- Claude Monet
Monet's Inspiration at Giverny
Watch these lovely slideshows of photographs of Monet's garden! Your artist study of Monet can merge nicely into your nature study since he loved to paint flowers! Look for ways to overlap these topics and make the learning come alive. For photos, visit Claude Monet in Giverny, a page with gorgeous images of Monet's home and garden.
For some help in planning an art - nature connection, look at this great Summer Kit from Hearts and Trees.