For Ages 3-5
- Look at images of sunny and rainy weather.
- What does it feel like to be in sunny weather? Rainy weather? What are your favorite things to do when it is sunny/rainy?
- Did you know that there is a recipe for both sunny and rainy weather? Come up with a list of the ‘ingredients’ for sunny and rainy weather. For each ingredient, try to make the sound or act like that element.
Sun (arms in a circle above head)
Clouds (circular motion with arms)
Rain (wiggling fingers, snapping)
Wind (blowing, waving body)
Thunder (clapping hands on thighs, rumbling noises)
- What type of weather do you see in this painting, sunny or rainy? How can you tell?
- Review ‘ingredients’ for sunny weather and search for them in the painting.
- Imagine the painting is real and jump inside! What sounds would you hear? Have children make the sound as a group. What would the weather feel like? What types of clothing would you need and what would you be doing? Have children act out sunny weather activities.
For Students K-12
- What is the color palette of this work—mostly warm colors or mostly cool colors?
- Mood is how the subject of the painting feels or makes the viewer feel. What would you say is the mood of this work? What makes you say that?
- Do you see any people or animals in this painting? How would the addition of people or animals affect the mood?
- Does any part of this work look abstracted?
- Monet painted many of his works outside, or en plein air. Why do you think that this painting was mostly done indoors from outdoor sketches? (its size)
- What type of brushstrokes did Monet use in this painting?
- Where do you notice Monet’s interest in the effect of light in this work?