Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • In The Duck Pond we see a special technique that the Impressionist painters developed for their works. For this painting, Renoir painted using a series of small flecks of different colors combined in one area. In what area do you notice this technique most clearly?

  • Notice the use of blue and orange in this painting. What special relationship do these two colors have? Why do you think Renoir used this combination of colors?

  • Of major concern to the Impressionists was the immediate effect of the sunlight and atmosphere on the landscape. Similar sites painted at different times during the day or under different weather conditions would look completely different. What time of day do you think this painting was created?

  • If you were painting this same scene late in the evening, just as the sun was setting, how would you paint it differently?

  • Do you see any people in this painting? If so, where?

  • Does this painting appear to have a lot of movement or is it still and peaceful? Is it both? Use evidence from the work to explain your answer.