Activities: Monet

Claude Monet, 'Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat', 1874. NGI.852.

Detail from Claude-Oscar Monet, 'Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat' (1874)



Take a moment to look at the painting.

  • What can you see in the fore/middle/background?
  • Monet painted many ‘series’, looking at the same subject/view at different times of day, over a number of seasons. Identify the time of day/year/season the artist is depicting here, using visual evidence from the work to support your answer.



Monet and Van Gogh used different techniques to achieve painterly effects in their work. Compare and contrast this piece with Van Gogh’s Rooftops in Paris, considering:

  • colour and tone
  • composition
  • paint brushstroke
  • mood/atmosphere


DO/MAKE! Create your own... Impressionist Series!

Select a landscape/view, photograph it during different weather conditions over the course of a day. Select two or three of your favourite images and paint these. Compare them, noting any changes to the amount of light and shade captured in the works, how this effects the form of your subject-matter, and the overall mood of the painting. Extend this project over several months/seasons to achieve even more interesting results! 

Create your own... Abstract Painting/Collage

Using a viewfinder/camera/or zoom feature on a computer, isolate an aspect of Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat. Enlarge the detail and make an analysis of the colours and textures created by the artist. Use it to form the basis of an abstract painting or collage!