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Celebrating Claude Monet's Birthday

Claude Monet has been one of my favorite artists for years. His paintings are so calm and relaxing. And I love the idea he had by studying the way light affected his subjects at different times of day and at different times of the year. Such a fun idea, especially when you see those paintings side by side. You can find a website that has all of his works here.

Oscar Claude Monet was born in Paris, France, on November14, 1840. To celebrate Monet's birthday, I thought it would be fun to create and impressionist painting of our own. In my video, I created 2 paintings. In the first, I used washi tape to help me block out the Japanese bridge in Monet's garden, made so famous over the years by his paintings. This would be wonderful for younger students. I also used small brushes to dab small brushstrokes, but using a sponge to tap on the colors of the leaves and flowers would be great, too!

For my second painting, I opted for a palette knife to help me get that loose, impressionist style. If you have never tried to paint without a paintbrush, I would highly recommend it. Try a cut-up gift card...or even your own fingers! How fun would that be?

You can find this week's video here:

However you choose to celebrate Monet's birthday, I hope this artist inspires you to try something new and helps you get those creative juices flowing. Relax, have fun and make something beautiful while making some fun memories. Happy arting, all!

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