7 Art: Claude Monet’s Bridges

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One of the most famous painters in the history of art and a leading figure in the Impressionist movement, whose works can be seen in museums around the world, Oscar Claude Monet (some sources say Claude Oscar) was born on November 14, 1840, in Paris, France. Monet’s father, Adolphe, worked in his family’s shipping business, while his mother, Louise, took care of the family. A trained singer, Louise liked poetry and was a popular hostess.

In 1845, at the age of 5, Monet moved with his family to Le Havre, a port town in the Normandy region. He grew up there with his older brother, Leon. While he was reportedly a decent student, Monet did not like being confined to a classroom. He was more interested in being outside. At an early age, Monet developed a love of drawing. He filled his schoolbooks with sketches of people, including caricatures of his teachers. While his mother supported his artistic efforts, Monet’s father wanted him to go into business. Monet suffered greatly after the death of his mother in 1857.

In the community, Monet became well-known for his caricatures and for drawing many of the town’s residents. After meeting Eugene Boudin, a local landscape artist, Monet started to explore the natural world in his work. Boudin introduced him to painting outdoors, or plein air painting, which would later become the cornerstone of Monet’s work.

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Supplies:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Salt
  • Water color paints
  • Oil pastels
  • Paint brushes
  • pencils

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Directions:

  1. Using a pencil, make an arch from one side of your paper to the other.
  2. Make another arch below it and a third below that one.
  3. Add support beams to connect all three arches.
  4. Fill in the arches and the beams with oil pastels.
  5. Add  lily pads and  grass.
  6. Wet the paper completely by running it under the facet.
  7. Add watercolor paints.
  8. Sprinkle salt over the paint when you are finished.  Once the painting is completely dry, dust off the salt.

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