Friday, July 31, 2009

Salon des Refusés

We began a study of the Impressionists today. After reading the first section of Monet and the Impressionists for Kids, we attempted to paint original watercolors.

I set up an "outdoor cafe" to get the creative juices flowing.

We dabbed the paint onto our canvasses using cotton swabs.

Afterward, I fed parfaits to the starving artists.

We put their art on display in our version of the Salon des Refusés (Salon of the Rejected), named in honor of the exhibit where pieces by Monet and Company were displayed in 1863 after being rejected by France's prestigious Salon. In my opinion, Wilbur's looks more like an abstract than an impressionist piece but he is the true artist in the family so I won't try to box him in... this time at least! :)

This was a fun and easy activity. I plan to repeat this soon and allow the boys to paint using acrylics for sharper images.


Kimberly @ RaisingOlives said...

See, this is why I should not come read your blog, I feel guilty for not doing such fun things with my kids. I suppose I could view it as a reason to come read your blog, so that I will get inspired to do more fun things with the kids. I did let mine go out on the deck and play with play-doh the other day, does that count?

This looks like so much fun and so educational. Can my kids come to "school" at your house? :)

Homeschool Dawn said...

Kimberly, you are so funny! I can tell you do plenty of great things with your kiddos; however, if you're ever down my way, come on over. My "cafe" only takes a couple of minutes to set up.