Claude Monet Picture Study Aid and Art Prints

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Claude Monet Picture Study Aid

Included in this 26-page Claude Monet Picture Study Aid (see a sample Picture Study Aid here!) is the following:

  • a brief summary of the childhood of Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840-1926).
  • a synopsis of seven of his works (see right).
  • resources for additional reading can be found in the Living Art Book Archive.
  • printable versions of the pieces covered.
  • a brief discussion about Charlotte Mason’s ideas and methods for implementing picture study at different ages is also included.
  • the printed book, which is saddle-stitched with high-quality, 100-lb., smooth paper and full color, includes a full-sized self-portrait of Claude Monet at the end.

There is also an option to order separate, professionally-printed copies of each piece for use during your picture study time in the drop-down menu below as well. These are printed on durable cardstock with a smooth finish and display beautifully. The prints do not include the Claude Monet Picture Study Aid PDF download – this is a separate purchase.

The pieces discussed* are:

  • Garden at Sainte-Adresse (1866)
  • Impression, Sun Rising (1872)
  • Boulevard des Capucines (1873)
  • Woman with a Parasol – Madame Monet and Her Son (1875)
  • Fishing Boats (1883)
  • Rouen Cathedral (1892)
  • Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge (1899)

*AmblesideOnline users, please note that these are not all the same pieces as those selected for the AmblesideOnline artist rotation.

[Read More About Monet Here]

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.

Claude Monet

Claude Monet is the man usually given the auspicious title of the father of Impressionism as his piece, titled “Impression, Sunrise” gave the movement its name. He is truly a giant in the world of art and adding him to your picture study time is a wonderful way to explore the art of the 19th century!

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one of his paintings in your lifetime, possibly printed on a necktie or made into a calendar. While I don’t necessarily think using the work of master artists in commercial endeavors is a bad thing, sometimes, when an artist is as popular as he is, you can get a little tired of seeing his work and not truly value it. In my experience, I didn’t really begin to appreciate his skill and vision until I took the time to really look at his art (as in the practice of picture study!) and realized what a master of technique and color he was.

You can get an idea of it in Woman with a Parasol, or Madame Monet and Her Son. The brushstrokes for the clouds behind her almost seem to be really comprised of tiny drops of sunlight. In his numerous pictures of the ocean, the waves are crowned with blindingly white crests.

Some of his paintings are repetitive (as in his Rouen Cathedral series), but I don’t think it was for lack of content, but rather, the desire to explore a thing at all angles and times of day, and make it alive in paint.

The intention of this Claude Monet Picture Study Aid is to equip the home educator with some basic facts and understanding of a sampling of the work of this nineteenth-century artist. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis or study of each piece or a complete biography of the artist.

About picture study, Ms. Mason recommended keeping learning as simple as possible, especially in the younger years, and put extra emphasis on the images by themselves.

There is no talk about schools of painting, little about style; consideration of these matters comes in later life, the first and most important thing is to know the pictures themselves. As in a worthy book we leave the author to tell his own tale, so do we trust a picture to tell its tale through the medium the artist gave it. In the region of art as else-where we shut out the middleman. (vol 6 pg 216)

Definite teaching is out of the question; suitable ideas are easily given, and a thoughtful love of Art inspired by simple natural talk over the picture at which the child is looking. (PR Article “Picture Talks”)

…we begin now to understand that art is not to be approached by such an acadamised road. It is of the spirit, and in ways of the spirit must we make our attempt. We recognise that the power of appreciating art and of producing to some extent an interpretation of what one sees is as universal as intelligence, imagination, nay, speech, the power of producing words. But there must be knowledge and, in the first place, not the technical knowledge of how to produce, but some reverent knowledge of what has been produced; that is, children should learn pictures, line by line, group by group, by reading, not books, but pictures themselves. A friendly picture-dealer supplies us with half a dozen beautiful little reproductions of the work of some single artist, term by term. After a short story of the artist’s life and a few sympathetic words about his trees or his skies, his river-paths or his figures, the little pictures are studied one at a time; that is, children learn, not merely to see a picture but to look at it, taking in every detail.” (vol 6 pg 214)

This Picture Study Aid is meant to offer basic information about the artists as well as ready answers should your student ask about a particular aspect of a piece and the explanation isn’t readily evident. Ms. Mason emphasized not focusing on strict academic discourse when doing picture study, but rather simply exposing students to the art itself:

His education should furnish him with whole galleries of mental pictures, pictures by great artists old and new;––…––in fact, every child should leave school with at least a couple of hundred pictures by great masters hanging permanently in the halls of his imagination, to say nothing of great buildings, sculpture, beauty of form and colour in things he sees. Perhaps we might secure at least a hundred lovely landscapes too,––sunsets, cloudscapes, starlight nights. At any rate he should go forth well furnished because imagination has the property of magical expansion, the more it holds the more it will hold. (vol 6 pg 43)

33 reviews for Claude Monet Picture Study Aid and Art Prints

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  1. These prints are high quality and very well done. The informational booklet is perfect for schooling our wide age range of kids. They look forward to artist study each time. Well worth this very fair price.

  2. I’m definitely planning on reordering more as needed for our art study. Great quality, and I was glad I got the book too

  3. We enjoyed this picture study! The quality of
    the prints is exceptional and we really enjoyed the guide to go along with it.

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