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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Artist Study: Monet {part two}

Wednesdays are Artist Study day... but this week it got put off until Friday (catch-up day) and accidentally even spilled over into Saturday.  Here's what we did:
  • Read Child's History of Art, Hillyer - 'The Most Important Person'
  • We'd already looked through this gallery and noticed that the print looks different in thumbnail view as opposed to full view.  So we talked about how Impressionism is different in that it isn't striving for detail so much as the over all impression of light and color.
  • Then we decided to paint! Normally we don't paint during artist study, we just study the works.  With Impressionism and its special appeal, I wanted them to get a feel for it themselves.  We picked up the inspiration to wet our brushes here - Phyllis' kids' artist study on Monet here

A very helpful quote for imitating the impressionists:
"When you paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Instead think, 'Here is a little square of blue, here is an oblong of pink, here is a streak of yellow,' and paint it just as it looks."

 How are these for Charlotte Mason principles... :)
No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it
and is sure of his method and composition.
It's on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.

On the LOVE of art:

A work of art that did not begin in emotion is not art.
Paul Cezanne

Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
Claude Monet

More helpful links:

My other post, Artist Study: Monet {part one}

Here's a project called Mini Monets by Dick Blick Art supplies with a video!  Looks awesome. We watched this halfway through before it decided to start over from the beginning...twice! (our connection is slow, so I had not the patience to wait for it the third time... urgh)

and this book: Picture This, Activities and Adventures in Impressionism by Raimondo


Silvia said...

I simply LOVE how you do these art studies, and enjoy the quotes, pics, and your posts A LOT. Thanks, friend and congrats to the kids.

Phyllis said...

Wow! What beautiful pieces of art! Bravo!

Dawn said...

Thanks so much for this great info! I'm passing along the video link to the mom who is doing our AO Monet component in co-op!

What a dedicated mom you are - spontaneous painting on a Saturday! I must get over my OCD with painting..LOL!

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! I found your blog through the AO yahoo group. I joined a few months back. :)


Jamie {See Jamie blog} said...

Love those Monet quotes! :)

Carrie said...

Yes, Amy! I DID visit your blog recently! I looked at THIS post!!

We're going to study Monet next year ... I'm SO bookmarking this post!! ;)

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