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Millet: Masterpieces in Colour {Free eBook & Go-Alongs}

Millet: Masterpieces in Colour {Free eBook & Go-Alongs}

Millet by Percy Moore Turner is part of the Masterpieces in Colour Series.  This book featuring the work of Jean François Millet is a favorite.

The background of the artist, the history of the time, and other artists contemporary to Millet are all interwoven with the paintings themselves — helping us clearly see the influences on a particular work.  Eight full-color plates are included.

Written at a higher level than we usually see in biographies of this sort, this book can be used by older children or, better yet, as a family read-aloud.  The depth of the discussion in helping us analyze the work of the artist is worth the extra effort.

Free eBook


  • There are six chapters.  Read one chapter each week for a well-rounded six-week study that gives students time to really become acquainted with the artist.
  • After each reading ask your child to narrate (repeat back to you in his own words) what was read.  Older students can provide a written narration.
  • Several comparisons are made in the text (for example, the work of Millet to that of Pieter Brueghel the Elder or Rousseau).  Make a compare/contrast page featuring the differences and similarities between these artists.  (The book provides great help with this.)
  • There are eight works of art included in the book.  Choose six to study more closely, one work of art each week.  You’ll find helps for studying a work of art below.
  • Create a Millet notebook, or add Millet to your artist notebook.  You’ll find helps and resources below.


Further Investigation

Jean-Francois Millet
Biography from the National Gallery of Art.

7 Ideas for Picture Study7 Ideas for Picture Study
Ideas for studying a work of art.

8 Ways to Easily Teach Art Appreciation
More ideas for studying a work of art.


Selected Works

Man With a Hoe

The Angelus

The Gleaners

The Sower

Woman Baking Bread

Going to Work



Color-Me-Online: Jean-Francois Millet’s The Sower
Can also be printed and colored on paper.

Activity: Compare & Contrast
Helps for the suggestion above.



Jean Francois Millet by Estelle M. Hurll
Free public domain work that includes a timeline and a discussion of several of his more famous works.

“Jean-Francois Millet”
Poem by Florence Earle Coates.


Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

I Am a Hard Worker
Lesson plan for younger students analyzing Man With the Hoe.

From Commonplace to Mythic: Interpreting Jean-Francois Millet’s Paintings Objectively and Subjectively
Lesson plan from the NYTimes looking at paintings from the subjects’ point of view.   “Plucking Warmth from Millet’s Light” is the review referred to in the lesson plan.


Notebooking Pages

Artist Notebooking Pages Set {Free Download}Artist Notebooking Set
Simple pages for drawing or narrating a work of art and documenting the artist and his works.

Millet Notebooking Pages
Simple pages for copywork, narrations, or wrapping up.