Yesterday I was inspired by my post on Emily Carr to revisit some of the other inspirational artists in the archives… One artist that we return to over and over as elementary art teachers is Claude Monet. His style is so approachable and open to interpretation by young artists who find inspiration in his incredible use of light and texture.
These images are all created by elementary school students – wouldn’t you hang every one of them in your own house?
“Water Lilies is an extension of my life. Without the water, the lilies cannot live, as I am without art.” (Claude Monet)
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” (Claude Monet)
“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” (Claude Monet)
“Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It’s enough to drive one mad. I have such a desire to do everything, my head is bursting with it.” (Claude Monet)
“It was at home I learned the little I know. Schools always appeared to me like a prison and never could I make up my mind to stay there, not even for four hours a day, when the sunshine was inviting, the sea smooth, and when it was joy to run about the cliffs in the free air or to paddle in the water.” (Claude Monet)
“I haven’t yet managed to capture the colour of this landscape: there are moments when I’m appalled at the colours I’m having to use. I’m afraid what I’m doing is just dreadful and yet I really am understating it; the light is simply terrifying.” (Claude Monet)
“I would advise young artists to paint as they can, as long as they can, whithout being afraid of painting badly.” (Claude Monet)
“It is on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we must dig and delve unceasingly.” (Claude Monet)
“The more I live, the more I regret how little I know.” (Claude Monet)
“I must have flowers, always and always.” (Claude Monet)
This one is my favourite… I have made several offers to buy it from the artist/owner, but she is too attached to it herself. (And so she should be!) Maybe she’ll let me hang it in my office for a while…