In continuing our Art 🖼History Unit Study, we are learning about one of the most prominent Impressionists ~ a French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir ~Introducing The 🌎World's Greatest 🎨Artists!
We will also be reproducing Renoir's umbrella with the project Color Tones. We will be blending shades of blue to recreate a portion of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s famous "The Umbrellas" masterpiece. The rich colors, blended in graduating shades, will be adding dimension to our painting.
Our resources (left to right):
- Renoir Postcards which I laminated, punched a hole and inserted on a metal ring
- Sharing With Renoir ~ mini Masters board book
- Girls At The Piano puzzle (24 pc) Jigsaw puzzle (buy similar here)
- Our absolute favorite ~ Pierre Auguste Renoir Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
- No One Saw book (top right)~ "No one saw children like Pierre Renoir"
- We absolutely love My First Discovery Series ~The Impressionists book is phenomenal with its transparent overlay pages (lower right)
- non-toxic watercolor paints in tubes
- paint brushes (we absolutely love this 38 pc set of various brushes).
Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted a few very similar painting of girls at the piano ~ here, I offered children to point out the differences between the paintings in the book and the puzzle. We are also using 3-part cards from Welcome To Mommyhood ~ download here.
Project ☔Color Tones
Sketch an umbrella outline for your child. Offer different blue paints and white paint to create graduating shades of blue. We are also using the Montessori Sensorial Color Tablet Box 1/2/3 to graduate the shades. During the project, we are referring to "The Umbrellas" painting from the book ~ Pierre Auguste Renoir Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists.
Umbrellas by Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1886
Invite your child to create a pallet of shades of blue using and mixing paints and matching them to Montessori Color Tablet Box 1/2/3.
Invite your child to carefully examine the original painting and determine which parts of the umbrella are lighter and which are darker ~ discuss lights, shadows, depth and so on.
I then illustrated to Julia and Adrian how to apply lighter shades of blue, as well as white paint in the middle and darker shades on the sides of the umbrella, to create a three-dimentionsal look.
Then, offer your child to reproduce the Umbrella ~ Adrian's version (3 yo).
This Color Tone project allows children to learn about a famous artist hands-on while trying on different painting techniques and learning about color mixing and shades gradation. Bringing art to life is an amazing opportunity for self-expression and the development of creativity while learning the history of art. Most importantly, follow your child and make the artistic learning fun!
For more famous artists~ see here Introducing The 🌎World's Greatest 🎨Artists ~ Art 🖼History Unit Study.