In this class, we will explore the work of French artist Claude Monet, whose vision of creating spontaneous, light-filled paintings transformed the art world. Striving to paint the essence of what he saw in nature rather than attempting a photographic rendition, Monet’s art was the key to the development of modern art. The class will begin with a lecture highlighting both Monet’s early, more realistic representations and his turn toward outdoor painting and Impressionism. As a group, we will produce a copy of the Monet painting Soleil Levant, replicating his unique vision of the landscape. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a critique of our work.