Recently, we took a few days to learn more about Claude Monet. To create interest, we began with a hands on project from The Usborne Art Treasury, by Rosie Dickins. The children listened as I read the short biographical piece and looked intently at the picture Water Lilies - Morning. They liked learning the tidbit about Monet painting while sitting in a boat. Then, they followed the outlined steps to create "Layered Lilies" out of tissue paper. The pictures below show their effort and results.
Afterwards, each of the older children read a library book and presented an oral report about Claude Monet. Our youngest listened as I read aloud two picture books about Monet.
Years ago, I had been to an exhibit of Monet's later works. Since I still have the book from it, the children were able to view multiple paintings. Another book from our own shelves offered a chronological viewing of many of his works.
Finally, to end our unit on Monet, we watched Linnea in Monet's Garden via Netflix.
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, by Laurence Anholt
A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet, by Bijou Le Tord
Claude Monet, by Catherine Nichols
What Makes a Monet a Monet? by Richard Muhlberger
Artists Profiles for Kids: Claude Monet, by Jim Whiting
Who Was Claude Monet? by Ann Waldron
Are you looking for ONE book about Claude Monet that includes biographical information, art appreciation, hands on projects, and art terms? Then might I suggest:
Famous Artists: Claude Monet, by Anthony Mason