Tuesday, November 18, 2008

At the Monet Exhibition..







Today we ( homeschool French class ) went to the Monet and the Impressionists exhibition, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Impressions?

Colour.
Texture.
Perspective Light. Shades. Observation.
Monet captured the feeling of the wind, the waves, the sun smiling down.
Crowds.
People .
Standing. Looking. Talking.

Awe. We wandered around in awe.

Longing . We longed to visit Monet's garden in Giverny ourselves.

But we made do with the grass and trees of Sydney's Domain, near the Art Gallery. The kids and I had a lot of fun, climbing an impressive, archaic Moreton Bay Fig tree.

I loved climbing up, I love seeing the world from another perspective, from a tree, feeling like Pippi Longstocking, one of my childhood heroes. Climbing down is always a bit trickier! A friend's son slipped and hung on until we helped him; he was very brave...

8 comments:

Julie said...

Days like these...the lasting impressions...are what homeschooling are all about! You guys look like you had TRES fun!

Jennifer said...

It's been awhile since I climbed a tree. All these native trees here are built for hurricanes. They have brittle branches that break easily or else they're mangroves - nothing to climb and I miss it!

Leonie said...

Hey, Julie, how was Little Women?

Jennifer, your trees sound intersting, of unclimbable. Pics?

Greg said...

The tree shot is perfect for showing off those awesome Ramones socks :)
Seeing the Monets in real life would have been fantastic. I've been so excited here seeing paintings by some of my favourite artists - and I know Monet is a lifelong favourite of yours!

danielle said...

how wonderful! i can't wait to take the kids there. Monet is the very first artist we discovered.

Chris said...

We had such a good day. Thank you Leonie

Leonie said...

Danielle, your kids wil love it! It was cool, wasn't it, Chris? And Greg - you know that book Linnea in Menets Garden? I found the DVD of the book! Woo hoo!

danielle said...

Leoni, If you ever get the dvd we would love to borrow it. We loved the book!