|Claude Monet, via Wikimedia Commons|
|My 4th grader's La Japonaise, drawn with oil pastels|
This year, I taught two terms of Artist Study. The first artist was Leonardo da Vinci, and the second was Claude Monet. One of the Monet paintings I chose to show my students was La Japonaise, a picture Monet painted of his wife Camille in a kimono.
"When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field, or whatever. Merely think, here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives your own naïve impression of the scene before you."