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Being Claude Monet

May 2, 2013

Sophie’s preschool class has been learning about famous artists this year. They started with Pablo Picasso, worked their way through Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh, and are now in the midst of Claude Monet. This particular artist unit led the class on a field trip to San Diego’s Balboa Park and to the Park’s Lily Pond. The historic site bears a striking resemblance to Monet’s famous water lily pond painting, which the kids have been studying.

Armed with painting paper, water colors and French baguettes, the teachers and kids (and a few parents, me included) spent the morning at the Balboa Park Lily Pond observing the water lilies. After a French-inspired snack, the kids carefully sketched their vision with exquisite detail. Next they used water colors to paint their masterpieces.

Sophie was so excited to see the lily pond and channel her inner-Monet. It was amazing to watch the concentration these kids had and how all their pieces of art were so different, and so full of wonder and personality.

By the way, this field trip idea would be a great homeschool lesson plan too.

The water lilies …

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French baguettes …

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Observing …

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Ready for color …

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 2, 2013 3:32 am

    Love it! What a great unit and field trip! Reminded me of some of the preschool projects and outings my kids did– seems some of the best in their education.

  2. May 3, 2013 6:59 am

    This is why I feel art and music are essential to a child’s education. Art and music open so many channels that not only help children to become more well-rounded, but also better able to focus (at least I found that to be true with my son and his music). And I LOVE the pictures!

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      May 3, 2013 12:48 pm

      Love the concentration in Sophie’s face. Looks like she thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
      The pix are great. Your pictures are always so vivid and interesting. Your second job should be that of a photographer 🙂 Tell Sophie her Monet rendition is superb!!

  3. May 3, 2013 7:55 pm

    Wow! Your photos of the lilies are quite artistic, too! Such a neat project to do with preschoolers!

  4. May 6, 2013 9:02 am

    How cute is that?! I’d love to do that with my kids sometime.

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