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Monet Artist Study

Updated on June 11, 2015

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:

  1. Terrace at Saint-Adresse 1867
  2. The Picnic (Le dejeuner sur l'herbe) 1865-1866
  3. Lady with a Parasol 1875
  4. Gare Saint Lazare, Paris 1877
  5. Haystack. End of the Summer. Morning 1891
  6. Rouen Cathedral 1893-1894
  7. Poplars on the Banks of the Epte 1891
  8. The Japanese Bridge 1899
  9. Water-Lilies 1914
  10. Red Poppies at Argenteuil 1873
  11. Impression: Sunrise 1873
  12. 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

Monet
Monet

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.

 

Monet Activities

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 Pencils

Faber-Castel Creative Studio Getting Started Art Kit, Watercolor Pencil
Faber-Castel Creative Studio Getting Started Art Kit, Watercolor Pencil

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

Linnea in Monet's Garden
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.

"What I need most of all is color, always, always."

--- Claude Monet

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!

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.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, this is a wonderful resource. Well done and very appreciated!

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      Jimmie Lanley 

      6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      @anonymous: Up in the right top, you can see the author of the page. It's me, Jimmie. If you click on my profile image, you can find a contact button.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      This is a wonderful resource. Who compiled these links? A teacher? An artist? Do they give talks or classes? I am looking for speaker on this topic for an upcoming conference.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for all of this well researched information...it makes studying art and important artists when information almost comes alive....my students have a better appreciation of the artists and their work...through this great site...thanks.

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      Jim Sterling 

      6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Thank you for this wonderful lens on Monet.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful, and well researched.

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      Tyla MacAllister 

      7 years ago

      Being a gardener has given me a greater appreciation of the impressionists and Monet is my favorite artist of the period. I'm so glad to see that home school children are studying art in depth. I went to public school and I don't remember being exposed to anything but a few famous paintings in the early grades.

      *Blessed by a Squidangel.*

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      Nightowl John 

      7 years ago

      I really enjoy Monet's work. This is a very valuable resource. Squid Angel blessed.

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      Barb McCoy 

      7 years ago

      Lovely lens...I voted for the Water Lilies painting since I saw one in person and it was beautiful. So many colors you can not see except if you are seeing it in person. Great resource for Monet.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I enjoyed this lens...I really like Monet!

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      Jeremy 

      7 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      A beautiful lens with gorgeous illustrations. I'll come back to it when I get to the impressionists with my kids. Blessed.

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      piedromolinero 

      7 years ago

      A wonderful lens, I love the paintings of Monet.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      How on earth did you get pictures in your poll?

      Thumbs up lens

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      Cheryl Paton 

      7 years ago from West Virginia

      Monet is a most impressive artist. I enjoyed your beautiful lens.

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      WriterBuzz 

      7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up

      cause I like your lens.

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      Mona 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Monet is one of my favorites. I love this castle piece above the guestbook.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      yay! I will be linking soon. glad I found you here... you've already done my work for me! ;)

      amy in peru

      http://fisheracademy.blogspot.com

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      wow hes amazing

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      Marann 

      9 years ago

      Great lens! I recently picked up the book "Linnea in Monet's Garden" to use with my DD when we begin HS this fall. This information will help our study.

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      squid-janices7 

      9 years ago

      LOVE - LOVE - LOVE this lens. I am a huge Monet fan. My husband and I recently visited his garden at Giverny and it was literally one of the best days of my life. You covered Monet A to Z in this lens.....superb job! 5*

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      julieannbrady 

      9 years ago

      I am a long-time fan of Monet's artwork -- lovely lens. I also love Renoir.

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      Delia 

      9 years ago

      great lens...I love Monets artworks...5*

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      groovyoldlady 

      9 years ago

      Well, I must admit that you've made this art ignoramus a bit more interested and educated. This is a wonderful lens...

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      EpicFarms 

      9 years ago

      Great lens ~ I love Monet's work, especially his water lily studies (very soothing to look at :o) 5* and I salute you for being a homeschooling Mom!

      Http://www.squidoo.com/ConnieCrankpot

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      seili 

      9 years ago

      I love Monet! Lovely, lovely lens. :)

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful way of teaching Monet!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Wow, this is very extensive. Next time we cover Monet I will be adding this page as a resource link!

      Thanks for the Squidoo suggestion, I will be looking into it. What a wonderful homeschooler you must be!

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      AlisonMeacham 

      10 years ago

      I love this lens. This was just what we needed as my daughter loves art and we are doing a home school project about Monet. She has just spent ages looking at this and is now rushing off to get her watercolor pencils!

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Hi Jimmie,

      This is lovely, I wish I'd discovered it while we were still on Monet. We will probably go back to him before the exhibition next year!

      Thanks for your efforts!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wonderful lens, great unit study! 5* from this retired homeschool mom.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Great Job!!! :) You always do such a great job on your lenses. I was surprised to see my name listed in it. lol!! Thank you for sharing my work.

      ~Lynn

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      KarinKath 

      10 years ago

      this is incredible. What a great job you did. I will bookmark this for when my children are a bit older. Your children are blessed to have you as their mother and teacher.

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