Well, this is the last “lesson” from our Impressionists Series this past summer. Believe it or not there will be one more after this one. Stay with me, please!

Our last Impressionist is Paul Gauguin. I will try make this a brief summation.

After spending time in the navy, Gauguin became wealthy as a stockbroker in Paris. His wealth afforded him the opportunity to explore a new interest—painting. His wealth also attracted a wife!

Gauguin became a talented painter. He was soon spending time at the Paris cafés with the likes of Pissarro, Monet, Degas, and Renoir.

Gauguin became a full-time artist when the stock market collapsed in 1882. Eventually, Gauguin was able to scrape up enough money to fulfill his dream of traveling to a warm, primitive place. He ended on the island of Martinique. He was able to complete 10 paintings during his four month stay. Unfortunately, Gauguin contracted malaria, then dysentery! He returned to Paris for medical attention.

After his return to good health, Gauguin spent time painting the coast of France. There he was influenced by a young artist who loved medieval churches and their stained glass windows, Émile Bernard. Gauguin’s art soon had brilliant flat colors outlined in black.

Gauguin was also influenced by Japanese prints and Cloisonné.

The activity the girls did is a reflection of the cloisonnism.

The first step was to etch a tropical scene with a ball-point pen onto a foam cup.


Next, they colored the cups with markers.

Last, they made sure there was a dark outline showing.

Here are the results: