We use both our Book of Centuries (BOC) and our Wall Timeline.
Every year I seem to change and refine our timeline work and their applications. As the children grow up they develop a more detailed sense of where things “fit”on the timeline or in their BOC.
As the children entered middle school, they each started their own BOC.
Much to my disappointment, they didn’t really refer to it much unless I scheduled it. Their entries were also not as detailed or as personalized as I would have liked.
But, I press on in 2013, and made this ~ all our Famous Artists we’ll study this year printed out on a simple timeline ~ (click the title below for your free download)
With a quick snip-snip, my kids can cut out and paste the Famous Artist in their BOC. I’ll encourage them to write their biography notes with each artist and musician.
Which artists are we studying this year?
Rembrandt van Rijn, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Caravaggio, Joseph Farquaharson, John James Audubon, Jules Breton, Albert Bierstadt, Elizabeth Gardener Bouguereau, William Bouguereau
Here’s a sample of my year plan:
The simplest and most inspiring Charlotte Mason weekly inspiration came from All Things Bright and Beautiful. Patti creates a weekly post with a famous artist, some observations and suggestions for the art work, and she inserts a Classical Musician link and quotes a famous poet. True to Charlotte Mason, she focuses on the same artist, musician and poet for the whole month. If you are unsure of how to start your CM Fine Arts, just subscribe to her blog and it is all done for you!
Tip: Right-click on any famous public domain artwork and “save image as” to save the image to your computer. Use as a screen saver or wallpaper for the week you are studying the artwork. Or print out postcard size for your “gallery” and your child’s picture study.
I also add artists or art works that I have in my art book collection. I believe I must be faithful to use what I have at hand. I’ll add library books to the collection as we go along. Basically I look for 3 to 4 good-sized prints for each artist. That will give us one picture each week for that artist for a month.
Typically I also look for a picture that will lead to an interesting art appreciation lesson. We do not “do art” each time, but the picture should evoke a feeling, a thought or stimulate a story, or should be able to be narrated in detailed.
Ambleside Online have a great list of Fine Art subjects for each year.
Read how these amazing homeschool moms plan their art study:
So, join in. How do you do your art study? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments.
This post was submitted for the Carnival of Homeschooling.