Course Details

Monet: Painter of Light and Color

Course #: EDUC_714Y

Semester Credits: 3
Cost: $375.00

This course will take you on a journey through the life and work of the great Impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840 – 1926). You will see his earliest work as a caricaturist in his teens, through his development from an immature artist to a great master in his middle years. This course ends with exploring Monet's mature works in his later years, a discovery of how his travels influenced his art, and an account of his celebrated Giverny home and gardens. 

This course presents fundamental and detailed information on Claude Monet using biographical and art historical materials, reproductions of paintings, and drawings. We examine the creative process and the historical context in which his art was created, emphasizing the importance of Claude Monet's work today and how you can use this information in the classroom.


  • To have a basic understanding of the chronology of Claude Monet’s life and the development of his art, and how he made a living as an artist.
  • To recognize how encouragement and giving some students free rein to follow their dreams fosters life-long learning and development.
  • To recognize how genius or being different can shape one’s personal and professional life.
  • To be able to use art terminology to describe the artwork and the art world of Monet’s time and of today.
  • To be able to use Monet’s life and work in the classroom.
  • To be inspired by Monet and his art.
  • To look at the world in a different way and see more than you saw before the course.

This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Art History and Appreciation for the Classroom

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Professional development courses for teachers.

Semester Credits: 3
Cost: $375.00

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