Depictions of Water in American Impressionist Painting
This collection explores different water scenes painted by nineteenth and twentieth century American impressionists. It looks at both technical vocabulary for art, and Impressionism as a movement. It uses multiple mediums and explores different artists over the period.
This lesson aims to:
- Introduce students to Impressionist techniques in art, we well as specifically introduce American Impressionist painting.
- Encourage discussion of the representation of water in the context of the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition Water/Ways.
- Teach some foundational artistic concepts and vocabulary at the intermediate level to students, including: basic color theory, brushwork, expression, and mood.
Students should be able to:
- Describe visual elements of painting with specific vocabulary.
- Compare multiple paintings and artists, in terms of specific visual elements.
- Compare artwork based on the representation of a specific subject: water.
- [Optional Activity] Reproduce at least one technique from the following categories: color and brushwork.