Katie meets the Impressionists

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Kindergarten students recently learned about the impressionist artists.

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Students listened to the story of Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew.

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The story opens with Katie celebrating her Grandma’s birthday by visiting an art museum.

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During the visit to the museum Katie encounters five impressionist paintings: two each by Monet and Renoir and one by Degas.

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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.

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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.

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The story is a great way for kindergarteners to be introduced to art history and art museums.

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Finally students illustrated their favorite scenes from the story.

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Here are some examples of the students’ illustrations.

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