On April 15, 1874, an art exhibit opened that featured some of the most beautiful, well-loved paintings in the world? Well loved today, that is. In 1874, the artists couldn’t even give their paintings away. A painting of a harbor scene at sunrise especially outraged one critic. Its title was Impression, Sunrise. Jokingly, he called this group of rebel artists Impressionists. It wasn’t meant to be a compliment.
Today, the Impressionist artists are considered great masters of art, and their work is loved throughout the world. The colors, styles and images of the Impressionsists are especially appealing to children.
- Explore Monet’s garden at Giverny.
- Cezanne’s brilliant rectangles of color.
- Create a still life in Cezanne’s tradition.
- Seurat’s pointillism.
- Degas’s sculpture-like circles of dancers.
- Lots of painting activities in Impressionist style…shimmering sky, reflections, everyday people.
- Explore Monet’s great “haystack” paintings.
- …and many more inventive, child-centered activities.