Claude Monet was born November 14, 1840 in France. Though his father wanted him to follow him into the family business of running a grocery store, Monet loved art and eventually went to art school. At the time, fine art was very formal and traditional, but Monet and some of his other classmates–like Pierre-Auguste Renoir–wanted to try something new. These painters eventually held the first Impressionist art exhibition in 1874, where they shared their new style with the world. Monet is best known for his landscapes, seascapes, and scenes from his famed garden, but he painted many other places, too. He died December 5, 1926. Today Monet is the best known Impressionist and one of the most famous painters in the world.
One of the best ways to learn about a person is to read their own words. Monet’s Impressions pairs his paintings with his thoughts.
We love Laurence Anholt’s artist series because they share about the artist through a story. In The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, a young girl visits a beautiful garden that happens to belong to the famous painter.
I always think of flowers when I think of Monet’s paintings, but Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains tells about another of his favorite subjects.
Monet and the Impressionists for Kids has a great deal of biographical information along with 21 different activities you can try at home.
One of the simplest activities in the book deals with reflections. First, fold a piece of paper in half (or you can use two colors and staple them together like a booklet), then unfold it and use chalk to draw on one side of the paper.
If you are including young children in your artist studies, A Picnic with Monet (from the Mini Masters series) is a great book.
This waterlily project is really fun and looks great!
Another simple but pretty project is this one of the bridge in Monet’s garden.
Make some pretty flower cupcakes for your tea time! Just cut mini marshmallows in half diagonally and dip them in colored sugar. Place the petals around the outside edge and work in and you’ll have a lovely flower in no time!
If you’re looking for a little something extra, try playing Go Fish to learn about Monet and other impressionists!
If you’re keeping an artist notebook, use this free notebooking page on Claude Monet!