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Gardens have inspired great scholars, artists, and writers for centuries! When, for example, the great artist Claude Monet wanted peace, quiet, and creative inspiration, he often headed straight to his own back yard. Lucky thing, too, because his lush gardens in the historic town of Giverny, France, inspired him to create some of the world’s most beloved landscape paintings.
In fact, together with other nature-loving artist friends and colleagues such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, and the American-born artist Mary Cassatt, Monet pioneered a whole new style of art known as impressionism, a richly colorful style of painting that sought to capture fleeting moments as light and seasons changed. For kids, these works of art can be especially fun, because their colors are so vibrant and joyful.
This is a simple activity idea that brings together an appreciation for flowers and gardening with a little hands-on lesson in art history. It also make a great gift! Here’s how: