Claude Monet’s poppy field paintings inspired fourth grade artists to create their own beautiful impressionistic landscapes. Students also learned the fundamentals of landscape painting and composition as well as some color theory along the way. Monet was fascinated by light, color and nature. Impressionism is a style of painting that focuses on the effects of light and atmosphere on colors and forms. Impressionist artists often used broken brush strokes rather than smooth and unnoticeable ones and also used many colors to paint scenes of everyday life. In the art room, we used over forty shades of oil pastels to carefully blend the beautiful landscapes that are on display in the case in the lobby of Washington Irving.