Learn how the Impressionists approached painting and see how our group got on in a workshop led by artist, John Wiltshire filmed at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The activity has five videos outlining the steps to producing an Impressionist style painting using acrylic paint on a canvas ground.
Key Stage:KS 2&3 Art and Design
Overview:The five films show how the group we worked with created an impressionist style painting in acrylic or oil paint. This lesson plan can be used:
To start a painting project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials.
As part of study of the work of the artist Claude Monet.
As part of study of any artist in the Impressionist movement.
As part of individual study.
The artist asks the group to choose a Claude Monet painting to analyse and reproduce.
Add a colour ground to your bright white canvas to make it easier for you to create your painting. Then do a rough outline in pencil of the proportions of your subject.
Use a limited palette of five colours. This workshop uses acrylic paints but the same rules would apply with oils. With bold brushstrokes begin to block out areas of your painting.
The artist introduces the colour wheel and the idea of contrasting colours. Work quickly and be bold.
Evaluate, share and discuss what you have learnt.