Renoir

Directions: Underline the words in the story as you find them, unscramble them and write them in the boxes below. Pierre-Auguste Renoir was the son of a French tailor. He was one of seven children in the family. His first experience with painting came when he started to work for a porcelain maker who made fine dishes. Since their 13 year old boy wanted to be an artist, his parents thought this would be a good job for him. He painted flowers on cups and saucers. When the music teacher at school tried to teach him music, he just spent his time making drawings on the music books. He next began to paint fans for a living. Then he painted window shades to look like stained glass windows. Finally he was able to go to an art school. Money was scarce and he and his friends helped one another to get food and supplies. They developed a style of painting known as Impressionism. This style of painting used bright colors, and the artists rather than mixing the colors, would use quick brush strokes with the different colors, and the eye of the person viewing it would "mix" the colors. These artists worked out in the open and tried to show the effect of light on the colors. They observed how objects would change color as the sun moved across the sky. As he became older he began to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. He used two sticks for walking, and he would attach the brush to his wrist with plaster so that he could paint. He called it "putting on his thumb".

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Puzzle courtesy Patsy Stevens http://gardenofpraise.com