Claude Monet Lesson for Kids: Biography & Art

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Claude Monet was a famous French painter. In this lesson, learn about his life, his style of painting, and how things in nature inspired his famous works of art.

Claude's Childhood

Claude Oscar Monet was perhaps one of the most famous painters of all time. In fact, you may have seen copies of some of his artwork without even knowing it! Claude Monet (pronounced mo-nay) was born in Paris, France, in 1840. Claude knew at an early age that he wanted to be an artist. He attended an arts school until he was 16 years old, where he sold charcoal drawings called caricatures. These were drawings of people that exaggerated certain features.

Birth of Impressionism

As a teenager, Claude joined the army and was supposed to serve for seven years. However, his aunt made arrangements for him to get out of the army if he took an art class at a university. Claude would visit the famous art museum in Paris called the Louvre. There he saw painters using very traditional styles, but Monet wanted to try different ways of painting.

Claude Monet is one of the most famous painters in history.
Impressionist painter

While practicing his artwork, Monet was influenced by many artists who had his same vision. Working with his fellow artists, they experimented with quick strokes of their brushes to create images of light. This style became known as Impressionism. Monet is known now as the leading artist of Impressionism.

Family Life

Monet's early adult life included some very tough times. For example, he was very poor during his early years as an artist. He married a woman named Camille Doncieux. They had two sons, but tragically Camille died shortly after their second son was born.

After moving around to various towns, Monet met a woman named Alice Hoschedé. They eventually married and moved to a French town called Giverny.

The gardens at Giverny inspired many famous paintings by Claude Monet.
French countryside

In Giverny, Monet rented a house. Near the house was a barn, which he used as a studio for his painting. The family worked hard to create beautiful gardens, and this inspired Monet's artwork. Now he was no longer poor, and in fact he sold so many paintings that eventually he was able to buy the house in Giverny.

Sadly, Monet died at age 86. He was buried on the grounds of his beloved house in Giverny. His home has become a place where people can visit and see the natural beauty that inspired Monet.

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