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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Painting "en plein air" like Monet

                             
         One of the last activities that we did as part of our Art Unit was to go to the beautiful rose garden that is on Swarthmore College campus to paint en plein air.  We learned that Monet was one of the leaders of the Impressionist painting movement.  He painted en plein air which means that he brought his materials outside to paint the natural light and shadow.  After our brief moment of silence and reflection, I gave each child a canvas and a box of water colors.  I had also bought 2 sets of "real" water color tubes.  Each child found a spot to set up.  The kids loved painting on a real canvas and they always love being outside.




After painting, the artists ran around (of course:)

...and played Duck, Duck, Goose

The paintings were beautiful!
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