Mountains, Rivers and Coasts

Block C - River Art Inspired by Monet

In this fascinating topic, you will learn what mountains, rivers and coasts actually are, some of the forces that help create and shape these important features, and the effects they have on the world around them. You will learn about the climates, human interactions, and lifestyles shaped by the mountains, rivers and coasts of the world.

Rivers have long been are a source of inspiration for artists. Consider light and colour in Monet’s River Thames series work and how his new style gave rise to the term “Impressionism”. Learn about the life and work of this great artist and create your own river artworks.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Monet's river Thames series

Consider and discuss some paintings from Monet’s River Thames series. Discover the importance of light and colour to Monet in creating an impression of a scene. Paint a version of Monet’s work using 4 carefully matched colours.

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02: Impressionism

Learn about the early life and work of Claude Monet and how the term “Impressionism” began. Make a detailed study of the way Monet painted light and shadow on water in sketch books using acrylic paints.

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03: Painting 'en plein air'

Discover Monet’s love of painting outside (en plein air) and experience this by painting an outdoor scene in Impressionist style. Evaluate the resulting paintings considering their use of light and colour to create an “impression.”

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04: Painting the river Thames Monet style

Learn how Claude Monet’s story ends and find out about his contribution to art. Create a final piece, painted on canvas board of the River Thames at sunset in Monet’s Impressionist style, drawing together all the skills taught during this block.