Did you know that the word, “Impressionism,” was actually a negative term coined by art critics to describe the paintings that artists were creating at the time? In fact, Claude Monet’s artwork was scorned by an art critic who despised the artist’s mark-making techniques that the critic went as far to say that Monet’s work wasn’t even as good as wallpaper that people put in their homes. Talk about controversy! Ironically, these scornful remarks actually gained Monet more attention and popularity amongst his audiences.
It’s hard to imagine that artists like Henri Matisse and Claude Monet, whose work now sells for millions of dollars each year, were once ridiculed for experimenting with new techniques and deviating away from the popular art during their time. However, once these artists began to create unique artworks, their audiences eventually came around and began to accept the new art forms that were about to dominate the art culture.
When students take Mini-Masters Art Camp this summer (June 15th - 19th), they will learn about the work of several different master artists and their most famous creations. From Mona Lisa to Starry Night, your kids will begin to recognize these most famous works of art and learn how they were created.
Get your paintbrushes ready and have fun with us this summer!
Monet & Me
Written by: Stephanie Sandoval