I think this is such a fun program! This has been 50% off for a long time at Homeschool Buyers Co-op. I’m not sure how long that offer will last, but if you do purchase through them, you’ll get 3 years access to the program that you choose.

We haven’t done much art lately, but we intend to catch up this summer! We “met” Claude Monet today.

When you log in to the program, you’ll have a chance to print out the lesson and art print PDFs. Once you’re ready for the lesson, head to their online program, with your printouts ready.

It’s a scripted program, so it will tell you what to say, and when to click “Next” on the computer screen. This lesson had us start out with a box of crayons – missing black and brown. Why? Monet avoided brown and black and was one of the first artists to use the spectrum of color in his paintings.

We learned that Claude Monet is considered the “Father of Impressionism”. As the lesson continued, we learned more about his life, his styles, and his paintings.

Satori announced that Monet is her favorite artist, she thinks his paintings are “lovely”. She especially loves his water lilies (of course) and his Japanese bridge paintings. We now have her computer’s screensaver set to cycle through Monet paintings.

The hands-on Art Technique practice was playing around with warm and cool colors, which she already knew, but the worksheets had her also giving soft, strong, and bright examples.

For our first day with Monet, we stopped there. Next week we’ll do the MTM project and I’ll share our results.

We did enjoy reading more about Monet with Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists – Monet and Laurence Anholt’s The Magical Garden of Claude Monet. Next week we’ll read Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies (Smart about Art series).

We had so much fun learning about Monet, we couldn’t stop there. I remembered we had a set of DVD’s from Devine Entertainment and one of them included Monet – Shadow and Light.

This 6-DVD set includes: Monet, Goya, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas and Rembrandt. We’ve already watched Mary Cassatt. These videos are suitable for children and adults of all ages.

I am not surprised to see that this company has won awards for their educational videos. They also have DVD series covering Inventors and Composers. I’ll have to check them out sometime as well.

Next week we’ll watch Linnea in Monet’s Garden DVD. This is also on Netflix, but currently the DVD availability is “Unknown”. I wonder what that means.

So far, we’ve purchased two of the MTM bundles. I would love to do the Level 1 (for ages 5-7) quickly, and then do a short study of any important artists they didn’t include, and then dig in again with Level 2.