Art Projects for Kids: Montessori Renoir Printables and Activities

Something Y and I don’t do nearly enough of is exploring art and artists. Now that the 12 months of Montessori theme is fine arts, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do a small artist study. Y really loves to paint so teaching him specifically about a painting technique seemed like a fun way to combine his interest along with a new lesson. I don’t like to do too many of those structured art projects for kids. I don’t tell Y what he should create, but do keep it open ended. This is why we focused on learning a painting technique instead.

 

Art Projects for Kids: Montessori Renoir Printables and Activities

 

The set up

We used one of Renoir’s famous paintings as inspiration – The Umbrellas. I really liked setting up our space for these activities. I purchased these simple clipboard style frames a while ago to easily swap out the art on display. We also have small easels for displaying materials. For this unit, I created a set of printables that you can use for this purpose.

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I hung up two paintings and placed the information card I created for The Umbrellas on display to spark Y’s interest.

Learning about Renoir’s famous paintings

To introduce Renoir’s work to Y, I created some simple printables. This printables set contains only 8 famous Renoir paintings. I didn’t want to overwhelm Y, and really wanted to spend a little bit of time studying the paintings rather than memorizing names.

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I created some simple 3 part cards for Y to learn the names of the paintings.

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We used our homemade 3 part card tray. I need to get hubby to make a few more – we love these! We read from our DIY Renoir paintings booklet.

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Exploring colours and shades

This is the perfect set of activities to get out the Montessori Color Tablets (Third Box). We don’t have them so I created a set of printables. We only used blue because our theme is to explore The Umbrellas in some detail. Y simply had to arrange the cards from lightest to darkest and vice versa. This material helps to work on visual discrimination and really helps children to discriminate between different shades and tints of color.

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We took it a step further. I set up a simple invitation to paint and explore colour.

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We got out our blue and white paint. Y mixed different quantities of blue and white to create the different tints on paper.
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  • White Paint
  • Blue Paint (or another color you want to explore)
  • Paint Brush
  • Artist Smock
  • Artist Palette

He was quite eager to involve other colours and started to do the same with red!

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How to paint like an Impressionist

You can show your students the paintings and talk about the style of painting used. Impressionism is a style of painting. It is characterized by small, thin brush strokes in thick quantities of paint. Colours are not mixed together, but rather applied next to each other.  Composition and use of light are also very important in this style. Black paint is not used, but instead complementary colours are mixed together. Also, wet paint is applied on top of wet paint rather than waiting for layers to dry.

I explained how the brush strokes are small, and the paint isn’t blended out. Even though there is a technique to this form of art, explain that there is no right way per se. Art is about expressing yourself, and children can choose what they will create. Here, you can show your child how to hold a paint brush.

Demonstrate the technique. Start by placing some brush strokes on the canvas. I tried to paint a body of water, using our blue shades and tints as the color palate. First, I added some dark blue.

Then some lighter blues.

Eventually, the paper will be filled with brush strokes.

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Really, the goal here isn’t to have a perfect replica of any famous painting, but to learn about the technique. Let your child get creative. There’s no need to replicate or guide the project. The idea is to introduce.

Get the Printables

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Download your own set of Renoir Printables

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A great starting point for implementing Montessori activities at home is to start with practical life. For a concrete, step by step guide about Montessori Practical Life activities, you should read the Montessori Inspiration at Home: Practical Life Skills – Toddler Series book.

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If you need all of your pink series language printables in one place, please get the Tot Labs Pink Series Language Printables! This is an awesome resource with so many wonderful printable materials for teaching children writing and reading!

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This is a simple name writing exercise you can set up to help children learn to recognize the letters of their name.

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By | 2017-07-11T10:50:58+00:00 July 11th, 2017|3-6 years old, Art, Elementary, Kindergarten, Montessori, Preschool, Printables|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Kimberly Huff August 5, 2017 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! I love the cards and I’m such a fan of having the children mix paint. Lovely!

  2. Vanessa August 8, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I really love these gorgeous printables and the paint mixing activity! The art is so pretty to the eye and calming. That is why I love to paint.

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