Kindergarten students recently learned about the impressionist artists.
Students listened to the story of Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew.
The story opens with Katie celebrating her Grandma’s birthday by visiting an art museum.
During the visit to the museum Katie encounters five impressionist paintings: two each by Monet and Renoir and one by Degas.
Katie closes her eyes in front of one of the paintings and opens them to find she’s a guest in Monet’s The Luncheon. There she gathers flowers for a birthday bouquet to give Grandma, but they don’t fare too well on the crossing back into the museum.
Next Katie’s mission whisks her into three more works of art including Renoir’s Her First Evening Out, where she inadvertently wanders onstage during a performance by, as the artwork soon reveals, Degas’s ballet dancers.
The story is a great way for kindergarteners to be introduced to art history and art museums.
Finally students illustrated their favorite scenes from the story.
Here are some examples of the students’ illustrations.