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An Ideal Childhood Day
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An Ideal Childhood Day

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Childhood Idyll; create a drawing of children during an ideal day from a student/child perspective and a drawing of children during an ideal day from an adult perspective; and explain how what is ideal can vary between individuals, ti

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Living for the City
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Living for the City

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will explore how painter Claude Monet and poet E.E. Cummings used different artistic mediums to highlight the contrasts found in a city. They will then explore various literary devices and compose a poem in the style of Cummings.

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A Garden for Monet
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A Garden for Monet

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Mimicking Monet’s love of gardening, students will create paintings and transform their classroom into a garden gallery, using The Water Lily Pond for inspiration.

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Strike a Pose
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Strike a Pose

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will use the painting Childhood Idyll to explore flute music, body language, and posture.

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Where to Build a Bridge
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Where to Build a Bridge

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Waterloo Bridge, explain the significance of bridges and how they have been used across time and cultures, and explore how bridges could be built to enhance their school through an “engineer walk” discussion, drawing, and writing.

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A Frog at the Water Lily Pond
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A Frog at the Water Lily Pond

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of The Water Lily Pond, envision what it would be like to be at the pond using all of their senses, and write a short story or descriptive piece inspired by The Water Lily Pond which incorporates expressive words and phrases.

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Season-ings
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Season-ings

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will play matching games about the seasons of the year, take a nature walk, and create a class painting of trees using Pissarro’s painting as inspiration.

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Monet’s Shapes
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Monet’s Shapes

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

Students will explore the mysterious atmosphere and foggy shapes found in Monet’s painting Waterloo Bridge. They will sing “London Bridge is Falling Down” as a class and use shape stamps to create a painting of a bridge.

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Falling Leaves
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Falling Leaves

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Autumn Poplars, identify regions of the world where leaves turn different colors in autumn, examine the texture and appearance of different kinds of leaves, and imitate the motion of falling leaves.

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City or Country
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City or Country

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 40 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Childhood Idyll, describe the characteristics of a city and of the countryside, and classify pictures as being from a city/urban area or from a countryside/rural area.

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Monet’s Magical Garden
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Monet’s Magical Garden

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will pretend they are insects or frogs, jumping from lily pad to lily pad as they explore the world in Monet’s painting.

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Writing an Idyll Poem
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Writing an Idyll Poem

Secondary (grades 6-12)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of Childhood Idyll, explain the characteristics of an idyll poem, and create an idyll poem inspired by Childhood Idyll or a familiar place.

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Hues and Bridges
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Hues and Bridges

Elementary (grades K-5)
Two 45 minute lessons

Students will learn the definition of hue and explore Monet’s use of various blue hues in his painting Waterloo Bridge. Students will then create a painting of a famous bridge using various hues of one color.

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Creating a Local Garden
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Creating a Local Garden

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will examine the artistic characteristics of The Water Lily Pond; explain how the natural resources that appear in the painting, particularly the vegetation, correspond with the climate of France; and design and create a collage of a garden including different vegetation that co

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Barefoot in the Park
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Barefoot in the Park

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 50 minute lesson

Students will explore the use of cool colors in Bouguereau’s painting Childhood Idyll; experiment with cool, warm, and complementary colors; and create a self-portrait using one of these color schemes.

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It’s Not Just Gray; It’s Lovely!
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It’s Not Just Gray; It’s Lovely!

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students explore the ideas of light, shadow, and color, as well as what is considered beautiful, through their examination of Monet’s Waterloo Bridge. They will put these ideas together in a written postcard designed to help travelers see the beauty of London.

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A View of Fall from an Artist’s Eye
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A View of Fall from an Artist’s Eye

Elementary (grades K-5)
One 45 minute lesson

Students will gain an understanding of the depiction of fall through an artist’s eyes while examining Pissarro’s painting Autumn Poplars. Using the painting as their inspiration they will create a poem depicting fall.

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A Poem from a Painting
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A Poem from a Painting

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

After imagining themselves in the meadow in Pissarro’s Autumn Poplars, children will call up words the setting evokes. Using these words, the teacher will help the children write a poem that captures their thoughts, feelings, and sensory imaginings.

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Swirling Mists
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Swirling Mists

Early childhood (ages 3-5)
One 30 minute lesson

The children will use their imaginations to pretend they are the swirling mist and fog in Monet’s painting Waterloo Bridge. They will also learn about key details in the painting to help them deepen and expand their imaginative connection to the piece.

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