Monet and the Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Monet and the Impressionists for Kids: Their Lives and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Carol Sabbeth

Language: English

Pages: 152

ISBN: 1556523971

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A lifelong love of art is one of the greatest gifts an adult can bestow on a child—and no period of art is better loved or more available to children than Impressionism. Monet and the Impressionists for Kids invites children to delight in Cassatt’s mothers and children, Renoir’s dancing couples, and Gaugin’s island scenes; 21 activities explore Monet’s quick shimmering brush strokes, Cezanne’s brilliant rectangles of color, Seurat’s pointillism, and Degas’ sculpture-like circles of dancers. Kids will learn how the artists’ friendships sustained them through repeated rejection by the Parisian art world, and how they lived, painted, and thrilled to the vibrant life of Paris at the approach of the 20th century. A resource section guides readers to important museums and Web sites around the world.

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dance floor. Outdoor gatherings! Groups of people out having a good time at the local café. 5 5 5 5 5 work, the portrait of a woman who 42 years earlier had launched him on the road to fame. Since the day he decided to become an artist, works of the Old Masters, we had the joy of recog- Renoir practiced painting every day. On the morn- nizing that one of our contemporaries had taken ing of his death he asked for his paintbox and at once his place among the great masters of brushes and

as a painter was about to was the oldest Impressionist and the only one to begin. Cézanne began meeting with other young show in every Impressionist Exhibition. He was the artists, such as Monet and Renoir, at the Café most open and understanding of his group and the Guerbois. But he was still his old moody self. younger painters turned to him for advice and art It didn’t seem like a friendly social gathering to lessons. Pissarro wasn’t an innovator. He tried Cézanne. The other artists

Émile Bernard. Bernard was only 20, and he looked at Gauguin as his master. They became close friends, painting together and discussing art. Bernard liked to visit medieval churches to study their beautiful stained-glass windows. Soon the paintings of the two friends began to resemble stained-glass windows. They used brilliant flat colors, bounded by heavy black outlines. The colors looked more intense when they were outlined in black. Gauguin and Bernard were also influenced by other art forms

U R AT The Circus 1890–91 120 ditional gold frames would detract from the colors in his pictures. To the painting of La Grande Jatte away—these things meant nothing to him.” he added a three-centimeter (about 1 1⁄2 inch) bor- —Belgian poet Émile Verhaeren, to cut the grass when it grew too long in the park. Seurat even painted a frame of dotted colors around many of his pictures. He thought that tra- der of blue, red, and orange dots. The dots aren’t f I had to describe him in one word,

gave what he had to give, and gave it admirably. He would certainly have painted many more pictures, and made further headway, but his task was completed.” Seurat’s vibrant dots of color continue to dazzle us today. n Activity Seurat Sugar Cookies Here’s a piece of art that you can eat. Decorate these delicious cookies using Seurat’s painting technique. Make each cookie into a sugar-sprinkled masterpiece. Makes about 36 cookies Adult help suggested Ingredients 1 cup butter or margarine (2

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