Art Tuesday – An American in Paris

Welcome to Art Tuesday!

Yes, I know today is Wednesday and I haven’t posted a project for a couple of weeks, but we’ve had lots of stuff going on and our art project kept getting pushed to the side. The kids were thrilled when I announced that we would do one today :).

Today, we’ll study the painting on page 16 of the book Can You Hear It? by William Lach. This is super exciting for us, because we are planning a visit to Paris next spring (2013). Can’t wait!!! Here are links to the pieces of art and music in case you weren’t able to purchase your book, yet.


Avenue du Bois


An American in Paris (through 1:14) by George Gershwin. To learn more about the Gershwin brothers check out their official website.



What color is used the most? What do you see in this painting? Did you notice that the people don’t have eyes, mouths, or noses? To understand why, you might want to learn a little more about impressionism.

Can you hear the hustle and bustle of the city? Do you hear the horses clomping? The cars honking? The people moving along quickly? Do they sound happy?

Get Creative

Supplies needed:

  • watercolor paper
  • black crayon
  • watercolor
  • paintbrush
  • cup of water

1. Outline the cars, people and arc de triomphe with black crayon. Don’t use too much detail!

2. Add color using watercolor.

Display and ENJOY!


(Note – The links in this post are my referral links.)

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