~Art Appreciation~ 

Frank Benson (1862-1951)
American Impressionist

Ideas submitted by Shannon Rollman-Reilly

Suggested Activities:

~See some of Benson's works at the Peabody Essex Museum.

~Not as aesthetic...but larger examples can be found at All Posters.com (type Benson in the search 
bar on top and hit enter).

~Maybe print out a picture to hang on the refrigerator or to make a 
collage on a piece of poster board.

~Read the biography on Frank Benson but give a SYNOPSIS...it will bore a 
child to tears.

~He was born in Massachussettes...find it on a map of the U.S.

~He studied in Paris, France...find France on a globe.  Let the child know that France was a "cultural mecca" for artists at the time.

~Mention that Benson was an "impressionist".  Impressionists liked to 
paint outdoors to "catch" and paint different types of light. 

~Explain that Benson often times painted portraits.  Take turns 
sitting for and coloring a portrait.

~Paint outside. 

~Follow up with a trip to the library or book store. 

~Talk about any Benson picture that you may find...

  • Does it use light colors or dark colors?
  • Is it finely detailed or fuzzy?
  • What are the people, animals, things doing?
  • Do you like it?
  • How does it make you feel?
~You may have to look harder for him in your local library depending 
on your library size.  You can also look under American 
Impressionism.  Even if you find just one pic...expand on the one 
that you do find. 


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