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Friday, October 26, 2012

Like Monet "En Plein Air"



Wednesday and Thursday were two beautiful fall days! The 5th graders just started learning about Claude Monet.  I absolutely loved bringing the kids outside to paint En plein air.  That is a French expression which means "in the open air".  It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors like the Impressionist Monet. We wanted to capture the effects of light and color.  The 5th grade artists loved working outside and made many new discoveries. For example, one of the discoveries was that the trunks of the trees are not just brown.  You could actually see a little buttery yellow from the warm sun and bits of blue or violet and green in the cool shadows.  For some reason squinting your eyes can help you see these subtle colors.  I hope that they are inspired to continue to draw and paint what they see in their free time at home.
Zetta also enjoyed drawing what she saw outdoors..
and as you can see she was very pleased with it all! :)

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