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Art Appreciation | Visual Arts > Introduction to Impressionism
Monet & Renoir

Online and coloring activity
  
Ages 2.5 to 6  Preschool - Kindergarten

Get ready for a very soothing and peaceful experience with the children.  Educators, caregivers and parents will enjoy this change of pace and the children as well.  We are going to explore Impressionism and have loads of fun making our own unique painting on screen.  After that let's all try to do an Impressionist painting.  Here is some basic background of impressionism and various images of paintings.

Activity #1:  Make a Virtual Impressionist Painting: Impressionist Painting Online

1.  In this page the children will be able to explore the different painting techniques used by the Impressionist masters.

    * Have children select a picture
    * Using the mouse the children can select from the different brush strokes, and their picture will be revealed as a an impressionist painting.

Activity #2:  View some real Impressionist paintings & Color a Matching Coloring Page
Claude Monet 1   Claude Monet 2  
Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Ask the children if they like them, why yes or no.  What do they see in the paintings?  Are they happy or sad?

1. Have the children choose between these two paintings which one they would like to paint:

2.  Provide the children with watercolors or diluted tempera in shades that are similar to the ones in the paintings.  These can be mixed in paper plates or clean recycled Styrofoam trays.  Ideally provide brushes with different sizes and older children may work with Q-tips as well.   Join the children in the painting project, it is fun!  Impressionist painters captured the moment in their canvases outdoors -- try it if you can.   Go outdoors to do the paintings!

Optional Activity #4:  Free-Style Impressionist Painting

Together with the children get some paper, watercolors and brushes and have fun doing an Impressionist painting.  Decide perhaps on a theme, scene or season to portray.  Go outdoors if weather permits and paint just like the Impressionists did!
  
The children can experiment also painting with things from nature: a twig, leaves, a pinecone, a few pine needles tied together, cotton balls or Q-tips.

Paper
and materials to paint with

Print the coloring pages suggested in the instructions.

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