Teaching Ideas

Early Learning

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)
    Lightning (clapping)

Art Discussion

  • 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.

Encouraging Dialogue

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?