This Lesson explores the use of Pan Pastels. A dust free alternative to chalk pastels.
Throughout the world and over time artists have used the light and color of a moment in time seen in their environments to create a work of art. For a brief moment in time, you may see a sunset that has such beauty and color that you have never seen before. A small bird sitting on the ledge of a bench picking up the small pieces of grass to make his nest catches your eye and for a brief second, it’s gone. The beautiful color, scenery and unforgettable moments seen in our surrounding environments caught the eye of French Impressionist painters in the early 19th century and they began to rebel against the artistic standards. A quickly painted piece of art could accurately depict a landscape using the color and movement of the scene. Claude Monet, whom of which is a key figure in the Impressionist movement, will be the main focus of this lesson.
In this lesson elementary students will imagine they are frogs and insects and hop into Monet’s pond discussing his work Water Lily Pond. Students will actively investigate and interpret with supporting evidence the artwork of Claude Monet. Students will vividly communicate a deep understanding of Impressionism and accurately reflect upon learning the history and work of the artist. Students will produce a work of art in the style of Monet using various techniques similar to Monet’s work Water Lily Pond.