Claude Monet Seascapes

Claude Monet was an impressionist painter who lived around 100 years ago. He observed the changing light in the landscapes surrounding him in France and captured this in his paintings. His paintings were not well recieved by the critics when he first exhibited them. Critics said they did not look finished and that they were too loose and had too many brushstrokes.

Americans started purchasing his works and his paintings are now quite famous. Most of them are in the United States and the Detroit Institute of Arts has several.

In art class students were taught how to paint using individual brushstrokes. They learned how to use cool color tints for the water and warm color tints for the sky. They also are doing observations of sailboats that will then be added to the paintings.