1st and 2nd grade students have been learning all about Impressionism this week. They learned about the artists Claude Monet and George Seurat. At Shady Oak, we encourage both free expression through art and also place importance on showing students specific art techniques. This week, students practiced making an impressionist style picture by sponge painting a scene. They learned that the Impressionist painters were concerned with light and painting an ‘impression’ of what they saw. Brush strokes were visible and lines were not clearly defined. Paintings are best viewed from a distance.
Students were provided with a palette of colors; blue, white, green. pink, yellow and brown and they were given a small sponge. They were guided through drawing a simple outline before they added paint to their picture. They drew a horizon line across their paper and then an arched line in one of the bottom corners. With a sponge, students then added color to their pictures. Sponge painting provides a blurry texture. An ideal tool for creating an impressionist style picture. Students were excited that their art looked like pictures they had seen in books about Impressionism. 🙂