After reading and learning about France chronologically, starting with the cave paintings of Lascaux, learning about its geography, some history, focusing in few important people in France’s history, we arrived at the time when art had a huge rebirth. Between the 1800’s and early 1900’s when the Impressionists became the group that seemed to have rebelled from what was the norm in art up until then.
We watched this video, and decided which artist we would learn first. We started with Edgar Degas and then to Claude Monet. We then followed with August Renoir and then Mary Cassatt (those to come later.)
These are the books and videos we used and came back to while studying the Impressionists:
- French art : The Renaissance 1430 – 1620. By Andre Chastel.
- The Art of the Renaissance by Lucia Corrain.
- Baroque Ornament and Designs by Jacques Stella.
- My Art Book (DK Publishing.)
- Van Gogh and the Post-Impressionists for Kids : Their Lives and Ideas by Carol Sabbeth.
- Discovering Great Artists : Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters by MaryAnn F. Kohl.
- The Age of French Impressionism : Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago by Gloria Groom.
- My Paris Sketchbook by Alain Bouldouyre.
- Monet and the Impressionists for Kids : Their Lives and Ideas. 21 Activities by Carol Sabbeth.
- Picture This! Activities and Adventures in Impressionism by Joyce Raimondo.
- Dropping in on Impressionists (DVD).
- List of French Artists.
- This website.
- Louvre Museum Official Website.
- Picture Studies from a homeschool blogger.
I think we will continue to study the Impressionists in the fall. We had a lot of fun, and after seeing some of the original paintings this month when we are in France I am sure it will be fun to remember them.
As always, if you have any suggestions on books, videos, websites, or any resources please do leave them in the comments here, for everyone to see. Thanks for coming to visit, hope this can be of help.