4th grade students are painting in the style of the artist Claude Monet.
Impressionism is a style of painting where an artist abstracts objects or scenes. Blobby colors and brushstrokes create beautiful paintings when viewed from a distance. The word “impressionism” was used for the first time in the French magazine, Charivari on April 25, 1874. Art critic Louis Leroy was shocked by Monet’s new artist style, which broke away from traditional, realistic painting.
Students viewed Monet’s paintings and then viewed real images from Monet’s gardens in France.
We also looked at paintings from Vincent Van Gogh and Georges Seurat, which are different up close and from a distance.
Students are now painting a landscape from Monet’s garden which includes many plants, flowers, bridges, and ponds filled with water lillies!
4th graders are really enjoying the bright colors and scenery they are creating.