In 1874 a group of artists organized an exhibition in Paris, launching a movement called Impressionism. Rejecting established art styles and topics, they focused on scenes from modern life, typically, middle-class suburban and rural leisure. In this class you’ll visit the artists and their families in their homes. You’ll join them as they journey along the waterways of France, including the Seine River and the coast of Normandy, painting people boating, bathing or lunching at outdoor cafes. You’ll stroll through the newly democratized parks and gardens of Paris where people could promenade or picnic. You’ll meet the privileged classes at the opera and ballet, then view working-class clientele enjoying their leisure at the city’s many cafés, music halls and cabarets.